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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Yoga in my Life
Breathe . . . Intention . . . Rest . . . Focus . . . Peace of Mind
"Sitting with Intention"
My favorite sculpture
I have practiced yoga off and on for years, but seriously developed my yoga practice in 2006. It has truly changed my life and my perspective on how I see things. It all happened when I stepped into a beautiful yoga studio called Hot House Yoga in Virginia Beach, VA and I have been practicing yoga there ever since! I immediately felt a sense of peace and tranquility when I stepped onto my mat that day. What a gift I gave to myself, I didn't even realize the path my life was about to take back then.
I am currently working on the 40 day yoga challenge. It is a challenge for myself to practice four days out of seven for forty days, easy I thought! I was going pretty consistently anyway, so this would be a breeze! It has turned into so much more. I am feeling motivated, stronger and am seeing the results of a disciplined yoga life. I truly thought I was already committed to my yoga, this has renewed my strength and certainly my love for my yoga practice.
Strength . . . Stability . . . Calm . . . Quiet of Mind . . . Challenge
Yoga calms me, centers me, works with my body, heart and mind. I am loving every minute of my practice and carry it into every part of my life. When my parents were so very ill, it was stepping onto my mat that gave me a time of quiet for myself. A time to not think about illness, a time for regeneration of my thoughts and my body. I was able to leave the cares of what I was living through and know that during that time, I could leave my cares at the door. Hot House Yoga was a retreat for me, a safe place where I found peace. I know when I came there, it had a feeling of home and comfort to me. I am lucky to feel a part of the Yax yoga family! They rock on so many levels!!!
My yoga practice has taught me to live with intention, to live carefully and to be sensitive to those around me. It has gotten me through a rough day at work and has certainly taught me to be mindful of all things in my life, including what food enters my body! My artwork has grown into something deeper. I practice mindfulness when I am painting and I am expressing myself more freely through my art. I know and believe that I have grown in strength and wellness. When I am asked "what is it in your life that is important to you?", I have to answer my precious family, caring for my home, my faith in God, friendships, being an artist and certainly my yoga practice. I believe all are interwoven together to create the fabric of my life. Yoga has shown me the way to living in balance and that is not always easy! I know this to be true.
I encourage you . . . if you have never gone to a yoga class, please try. It doesn't have to be hot yoga, just try it. It is a gift of health and life that you give to yourself. I promise you won't be disappointed. There are so many types of yoga, just experiment and see where you are most comfortable. Practicing yoga in my life has been fun and certainly challenging; but I am growing everyday and getting stronger with each and every yoga pose! You will wonder how you ever lived without it. If you try it for the first time, please let me know. Just envision me tapping on your shoulder saying you are welcome here my friend!