I have been going to yoga classes on and off for about 4 years. I started going with my roommate in University in attempts to get rid of all the stress we were carrying around in our back packs. Let’s just say we stumbled into the most serious of studios and were chastised for giggling at the fact that our feet kept sliding down our legs due to sweating so much, while trying to hold Tree Pose…have you been to a hot yoga class!? SWEAT, baby sweat. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that we discovered we were each going to yoga to keep the other company, rather than because we wanted to go.
Needless to say, until about 8-10 months ago, Yoga was just something I went to a few times a month because it was a good workout and I really wanted to be able to do the splits #goals. The switch came for me when I was looking for something to occupy my time. I was in a long distance relationship and I was bored out of my mind. I also took up running…thats a big deal for me, I was the girl who said, “I DON’T run”.
Things have changed over the past few months, the relationship has moved on, I’ve travelled more than I have before, and I would now call myself a runner. But something that has remained constant is my yoga practise. Whether I’m at a conference in Miami or on a day off at home, I make it to the mat and flow to my hearts content.
You see, for me, yoga has become more than just a workout. It’s more than just getting my splits and flat tummy. It’s become a time for me to centre myself, allow myself to let go of whatever stress I am holding onto, listen to what my body is telling me, and take note of what thoughts I am holding onto. It’s a time for me to be grateful for who I am and what life has brought me each day. Its meditative, its healing, and its so freaking fun. I’m building a community of friends and life cheerleaders who help me lift up my true self. Now, everyday I try to be aware of my body and my mind, thinking, what am I doing today thats stopping me from being my best self?
I’ve noticed I am more aware of my feelings, my frustrations, and the times I lie to myself. It’s like this quote says, “blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape”. I believe that this quote is talking about so much more than just muscles. I believe that those who have a flexible mind, who allow their thoughts to be challenged and stretched succeed the most in life. For me, yoga is helping me get there.
Yoga is continually changing my life, and I love it.
**All photos taken in Miami Beach, late October