I've been doing yoga for 20+ years. I am no expert and always learning. Yoga is one of those things that you not only physically do it, but there is so much more to it emotionally and mentally. You are yoga. You are your practice. You get out of it as much as you put into it.
Over the summer I found a wonderful donation based outdoor class in the park at sunset. This was perfect because I could bring my children. My girls have been doing yoga with me since they were babies. No, they don't take it seriously, but they do get it.
When life gets crazy and busy, my youngest will sit and meditate (she is 8 years old currently). That is the power of yoga.
So back to me! Many times I would do yoga and it was just a physical act of exercise, but something changed with my practice at Jaiweh Yoga
with Christina Andrini. I got back into the mindset of yoga is meditation in movement. And that just happened organically. It's not like I made the intention one night that I would see yoga from a whole new light. There is a saying that "yoga is not about getting into the pose, but what happens on the way there." Things happen when they are meant to happen. So, yeah, I've taken it to the mat...the yoga mat!
Life has been a bit different for me with lots of changes. Because life can be so busy you don't take the time to recognize and accept what has happened. My yoga practice has given me the opportunity to stop and recognize life whether I want to or not.
Over the last few weeks my practice has been extremely challenging. Physically I guess I have pushing myself harder. With this I've been feeling the impact on me emotionally and mentally.
Sure you've heard about people having emotional releases and sobbing on the mat. Well, that has been me. I'm the sobbing one. I'm proud of it. I own it. My emotional breakthroughs on the mat have been incredible. Stuff I had no idea I was dealing with has come out on the mat. It has become therapy for me. The first time this happened I was embarrassed, but not anymore. I embrace it as a sign of internal growth. I'm ready for you hip openers! Bring it on.