My yoga practice pretty much dropped off the face of the earth when I went back to school. We'd do it once a week during class, but I just didn't have the time, energy or money to follow up with classes outside of school. And now, I have plenty of time, money and energy to start them back up but for some reason I haven't. I still love yoga and on the rare occasion I make it to a class I always feel better for it, but I guess I just don't feel the need to attend classes.
From time to time I do yoga in my apartment, and I frequently recommend yoga poses to clients to help with stretching and muscle tension relief. Even though I'm not attending classes as often as I used to, the lessons I learned while there follow me on a daily basis and enrich my life exponentially. Yoga is more than the poses. It is a way of seeing and living life, an alternate way of relating to the things going on around you.
These are just a few of the ideas I've brought with me out into the world:
- Right now, you are exactly where you need to be. No need to change.
- Right now, you are exactly as you need to be. No need to change.
- Find your edge. Stay with it. Don't push yourself too far.
- Don't worry about what anyone else around you is doing. Just focus on what you're doing, now.
- It's okay to laugh when you fall grandly out of a pose... or just fall grandly!
- Sometimes you need to push yourself to the edge, and sometimes you need to be gentle with yourself and not push at all.
- What are you experiencing right now? Experience it.
- Honor the divinity in yourself as you honor the divinity in others.