“I bend so I do not break”

There is a yoga quote that I often see on Instagram and it is completely true.

“I bend so I do not break”

This quote has two meanings for me.  One is that I am more flexible to change in my life.  Even if something is difficult to do, it might be the best thing for me.  I experienced a massive change when I left the workforce.  Tons of questions in my head – Am I doing the right thing?  Will I regret this later?  Who am I now?  Another change was when I started yoga teacher training this year.  I have a lot less free time.  My priorities had to swap.  There are days when I am practicing my yoga routine and doing homework instead of taking care of the house.  My weekends include driving to training or workshops instead of spending time with my husband.  I had some challenging changes but they have all worked out well.  I am not saying teacher training is easy, but it is rewarding.  I am honored to have the time and ability to learn.  Being flexible to change is part of my growth as a person.

Another meaning is the actual yoga practice itself.  Bending and moving – connecting the mind, body, spirit together.  Taking time to have silence and meditate.  Going to a studio and practice.  It is an amazing form of self-love.  It is a way to honor yourself and your spirit.  Having yoga as a part of my life has allowed me to let go of past pain and grow as a person.  It has allowed me to take better care of myself.  I am more forgiving of myself.  I do not break down into stressful moments of doubt, anger or pain.  I am happy.  I know I do my best and each day is a chance to hit that reset button and try again.  In the past I would have described myself as a type-A perfectionist multi-tasker superwoman.  Now I would say that I can relax with ease.  Today during my yoga practice I felt myself melting into the mat.  I do one thing at a time.  I live in the present moment.  I know that my imperfections are what make me perfect.  My yoga practice has humbled me and taught me more than any teacher, family or friend ever could.  Yoga practices are a personal journey for a reason.

I hope that everyone reading this has an outlet that they enjoy that allows them to relax and let go.