Yoga has quite literally saved my life.
I fell into this past time in 2012. I had just graduated from High School and was looking for an activity that would maintain the flexibility I spent the last four years building as a cheerleader. My mom’s friend had gifted me my first yoga mat and I knew absolutely nothing about the practice.
To be completely honest, when I first started practicing I thought yoga was about how many poses you could do. I’m laughing now because it is so much more than that.
Yoga is about slowing down. Unplugging. Aligning yourself with your body, your heart, your mind, and the universe and divinity in others around you. Matching each breath to a movement. Filling yourself up and the releasing everything you’ve built up inside.
Yoga is learning about the way you think. What comes to your mind when it’s blank? Can you acknowledge it, and then let it go? Does it come back right away? Or are you now onto something else? Can you acknowledge it and let this go as well? Focus on yourself. Focus on your body. Focus on breathing in this moment. Focus on what you can control.
These simple exercises I perform in each practice translate to how I deal with stress in the real world. How often is this coming to my mind? Can I change it? Can I let it go? Should I react now? Should I react after a breath? Should I react after a day, a week, a year?
Is focusing on this helpful at all?
Can I just let it go?
Yoga is a practice. A constant practice. A lifelong practice, and I like to think of life as just that. A practice. No one is perfect. And it’s hard to say or do the right thing. And it’s even harder to express how you feel in way that allows others to receive you. And sometimes when you’ve tried so hard it’s just easier to let it go instead of continuing to try and try again. Yoga has taught me that it’s ok to let it go. It’s ok to try again. It’s ok to be completely blank and just observe.
There are no wrong decisions in yoga. And there are no wrong decisions in life.
We’re all just doing the best we can xoxo