I truly believe that we can find yoga in anything. In fact, yogi’s will often say ‘it’s all yoga’ when something challenging happens.
Yoga is seen by some simply as stretching exercises but this is to miss the heart and soul of the practice. Yoga means union, union of breath and movement, body and mind and…
Yoga is the union of Individual Self with Universal Self. ~ BKS Iyengar
And, I don’t just find yoga on the mat, I find it in music, in nature, in animals, in my family, in friends, in shops and in bitter political divides.
I am more willing to learn, I am more willing to open and I am more willing to be wrong thanks to yoga.
When I’m challenged; when the walls are closing in; when the tasks seem too difficult; when they were clearly not designed for me; when I feel I am risking too much; when I am scared and lonely; I find yoga.
When I am ecstatic; when I am blessed; when I am loved; when I love; when I feel part of something greater than myself; I find yoga.
Yoga and mindfulness practices have helped me develop a longer view.
These teachings have given me the blessing of knowing that I cannot be defined. That, as soon as I tell myself that I am something, it’s already gone. I am constantly changing and evolving and I’m never stuck. I’m always growing especially when the challenges seem like too much to ask of myself.
2012 has been an amazing year and the most challenging I’ve known but I’ve always been grateful that we were opening a yoga studio rather than a restaurant. Not just because yoga is my purpose but because the studio and the classes act as a constant reminder to see the yoga in my challenges: the rezoning issues, the difficult conversations, the overwhelm and the fear of failure.
Yoga inspires us to ask a lot of ourselves in the knowledge that we have a lot to give.
This is one of my favourite pictures. The yoga in the storm…
Thank you for reading. See you in class.
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