I am an artist who practices yoga. Sometimes it seems like yoga has become my art and I practice painting in my spare time. The truth is I learn from both and they have aligned perfectly to lead me to my next phase in life…I am just not sure exactly how it will manifest. What I do know, however, is that the daily, consistent, practice of yoga has guided me through all the changes that keep occurring in my life and keeps me grounded.
1. You can’t rush it. It takes time and patience. (Two things we often feel lacking in our lives). That’s what practice is all about…you keep doing it and after a while you see progress.
2. Its the mind/body connection. Exercising without resting my (overly active) mind doesn’t attract me much. I love the feeling of calm alertness after I practice yoga.
3. Communing with my peeps. I have practiced yoga long enough to be able to go it alone at home, which I often do. But the feeling of connection with a roomful of kindred spirits, even in meditation, satisfies something deeper. I love the sound of a chorus of resounding OM’s.
4. Feeling the flow. I am a fan of Vinyasa yoga. Linking breath with movement, setting an intention and flowing through a series like sun salutation–unblocks channels of energy and emotion. That’s how I take care of myself. I like to stay as unstuck as possible.
5. Disengage from doing. Yoga becomes like breathing after a while…less struggle, more joy, especially if you just come to your edge and don’t push too hard.
6. Let it be. Sometimes my mind and heart are a tangle of emotions. Then I remember…just breathe. Breathe in the feelings–ALL of them and then breathe out the need to control, or even understand. Sadness and joy can sit side by side in your heart…they can co-exist.
7. Some of my best moments occur on my mat. I like myself the best there.