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.