I have a confession – I’ve been a bad yogi! I haven’t really practiced yoga in 5 months… there I said it!
I finished my teacher training and I let life get in the way of my practice. I made excuses that I didn’t have time because of my job, I tweaked my shoulder, and I didn’t have the money to put into classes. During this time I was living vicariously through other people, and offered tons of classes, meditations, and advise. I even hosted a half day Mindful Living retreat (which was fab) and taught at our local Athleta and Fleet Feet. But something was holding me back from my own practice…
Reflecting as I write, I often give more to others than I give to myself. Caring for others takes up a lot of time and energy, at times I don’t have much left for myself. I know I am not alone in this. Fortunately, writing this blog has really motivated me to think differently about fitness and Mindful Living. It has forced me to embody that every day is a fresh beginning. And that is what I love about yoga – it truly is a practice if you allow it to be, there is always a fresh beginning. It offers endless potential to learn, grow, and master. Each time you get on your mat is different, each side of the body offers a different strength, and each breath is new. Yesterday, after all that time, I went back to my mat. Yes, I was a little rusty, but it felt like coming home as I came into child’s pose. If we are willing to honor ourselves the practice of yoga, mindful living, or whatever you aspire is always available.
So take a breath and do the thing you have been putting off, tell that person how you feel about them, soak up the self care you deserve, or find a mindful moment. I challenge all of you to honor the body that you bring to the mat today and surrender to the practice – it is always there for you!