Last year I started writing about my yoga journey. And while the writing part kind of fizzled out the going part didn’t.
I started to find personal growth, places that needed work, and a space to ground myself mentally.
I even realized a great friend of mine had been going too …so we started meeting up to do classes together more and more. The bright light in that, for me, was accountability. Because yoga isn’t always my “go to” form of exercise, it’s easy to skip. . . but not if I’m meeting a friend! I will always show up!
There are times I show up because my heart needs the exercise more than my body. Anyone else out there feel me?
Today was one of those days. I walked in today feeling a bit of heaviness. I mean, life can be stressful at times, especially as a parent of teenagers. . . And today was one of those days. I forged on, put one foot in front of the other, laid my mat next to my friends’ and tuned into my body, my heart, and the movement.
Our practice started today with the instructor asking us to bring any heaviness we felt to the four corners of our mat. (I mean did she suspect something in my face when I walked through the door.) And so it began . . Throughout class I did the work —in my head as well as through my body. I allowed what was heavy to feel a little lighter . . . And then towards the end of class. the instructor did a heart opener exercise.. . And out of nowhere, I felt tears streaming down my cheeks as I finally let it all go.
Exercise is transformative from the inside out. Often times we start because we are trying to change something we see, but the work really begins when the changes become something we feel. Today that came full circle for me on the mat.
If you are have a million excuses for why you can’t, change that narrative and decide you CAN. However you choose to move your body and free your soul is your choice, but I want to encourage you to do it! What starts out feeling like a chore will soon become a choice and then what you look most forward to.
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Christy, this resonates with me so much! I’ve had some personal hardship over the last few months and when I am on my mat, it all gets released, often with tears. And I would like to add to the part that yoga isn’t always your go-to. That has been the case for me on my fitness journey until last year. And boy do I wish I found yoga a decade ago. This is hands down the best workout for me – mentally, physically and spiritually. One more thing – I will do ANYTHING for the frozen lavender towel at the end of each class!!!