Giving myself a chance
My name is Malky Lovy and I'm a religious Jew living in Ramat Bet Shemesh, Israel.
I grew up in Denver, Colorado (yes, if you know someone who lived there in the 80's, 90's and the very beginning of the 2000's, I probably know them. My favorite game is Jewish geography, so drop me a line and we can see how many degrees of separation there are between us. My guess is 1 maybe 2 tops).
I've always been into fitness, my classmates will attest to that. I taught some aerobics classes in high school and trained as an Aerobics Instructor about a year or so after I graduated. Then I detoured to get married, have 4 delicious kids thank G-d, and become a graphic and web designer. I know, aerobics to graphics makes so much sense ;)
The first Yoga class I ever attended was in 2006 when I was 19 years old and pregnant with my first child. The teacher was great, but what I remember most was that when I tried to sit back on my heels for a child's pose, the tops of my feet were burning! I couldn't sit that way even for a moment, I thought something was wrong with me. I had little strength and wasn't flexible, so maybe I just wasn't built for yoga.
Over 10 years later, I was going through a number of health challenges including being diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease (an autoimmune disorder that causes hypothyroidism) as well as adrenal fatigue. I was gaining weight by the minute (really great for my self-esteem), had literally no energy to move, was falling apart at the seams physically and in a bigger way, emotionally. My wonderful GP, Dr. Barry Dinner, told me I needed to try Yoga. He recognized that health is holistic, and I'm grateful he saw the 'whole' me. I started going reluctantly and it was so incredibly hard. I remember laying on the mat during relaxation with tears coursing down my face. It was excruciating to be with myself without any distractions, but I kept pushing myself to go because the Doc said I needed to.
Susie Rosenfeld is my hero. She is a Master Yoga Teacher who has been teaching Yoga for over 50 years. I started by taking a class once a week and eventually added a private class with her as well. Susie became my mentor, pseudo-therapist, and loyal friend. She helped me work through some really tough times and taught me in a big way what an impact a Yoga teacher can make. She eventually placed her trust in me to teach a few classes as a substitute and then encouraged me to train as a teacher and I've been teaching ever since.
I am so grateful to have been guided on this path. My body, heart, soul - truly every part of me - has evolved for the better. Yoga is like the art of sculpting. With every breath, every moment of honesty you chisel away at the parts that aren't really you until you reveal the best version of yourself.
I'm eternally grateful to be on the path to continuing to discover the best version of myself and to help others do the same.
Thanks for 'listening',
I'd love to chat, please feel free to reach out