MY YOGA JOURNEY:
One of my absolute favorite texts, along my personal life journey, has been the Bhagavad-Gita. In Chapter 2 it talks about establishing a yoga practice to create a balanced mind, for a balanced mind is yoga. It goes on to say, ” You alone have control over your actions, never its fruits. Live not for the fruits of action, nor attach yourself to inaction,” rather perform these actions from a place of non-attachment to the outcome. So it was that after taking 10 years of weekly classes at Yoga Yoga, I took action to deepen my asanas by registering for its 2009 Teacher Training program. Teaching brought me a new growth curve. Each student I encountered brought me another new experience of learning and of my yoga practice.
This then led to another level of deepening when three years later I took a bold step. In 2012, without attachment to the outcome, I listened to my heart. I made the commitment to become Yoga Yoga’s next owner and steward taking yet another action along my life’s fascinating journey.
I have harvested extraordinary benefits to my mind as well as my body by these actions. Through my yoga poses, I have come to honor my bodies’ limits while staying on the edge and increasing flexibility. I no longer cause myself unnecessary anxiety by overloading myself with unrealistic expectations.
I respect the truth of my body in that moment.
Now, there is no plateau in my home practice. I have gained enough knowledge to alter my poses by either moving deeper or backing off as is needed to achieve the perfect pose for that moment.
Yoga has given me the gift of self respect. It has led to a quieter mind opening up more opportunities for creativity. It has allowed me to approach life’s challenges and conflicts with balance and a deep inner knowingness that my options are unlimited. As I have gained flexibility in my body, I have also gained it in my mind.
Most importantly I have learned to stay in detachment, still, balanced and in joy in the midst of a fast paced life.
I welcome all of you to come start your fascinating life journey through your practice at Yoga Yoga.
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