habit to blessing.
Yoga is so much more than our Tuesday night 90 minute stretching at our yoga studio. It has the possibility to be the most important habit that you will ever undertake. Here’s why:
“Yoga becomes a habit when we realize our body simply feels better after we practice.
It becomes a habit when we return day after day to our mat, yearning for courage and strength in our lives.
It becomes a habit when we yearn for the moment of ease and serenity that we experience after our yoga practice and wish to carry it with us when we leave this place.
It becomes a habit when we yearn for this feeling of all-encompassing grace and delight in the healing it brings to our Spirit.
It becomes a blessing when we yearn for others to experience the same things.”
At the beginning of class a few months ago, I challenged you to spend time thinking of all the ways your practice has been a blessing in your life. I asked you to write these down on a piece of paper and bring it to class the following week. A few of you smiled, nodded, and then promptly forgot your homework (or ignored my directions? I’m not sure which…). So, now, here’s your chance.
You know that your yoga practice IS a blessing in your life. You’ve told me that it weaned you off your daily Tylenol for back pain. You’ve told me that it reduced insomnia and you can now sleep for six hours a night. You’ve told me that you caught yourself before falling on the icy sidewalk because your balance has improved so dramatically. You’ve told me that your 10K split time was faster because your open hip flexors allowed a longer stride out. You’ve told me that you were better able to handle the grief of losing your father to cancer because of your mindful meditation practice. I want to hear more.
How has your yoga practice been a blessing to you? Don’t just think about it. Write it down. Share it. Leave a comment, email me, facebook me, text me. It can be just one word. It can be an essay. Stretching our bodies is a good habit. Appreciating the blessings in our life is an even better habit.
I can’t wait to hear what you have to say.