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A Year Ago Today

A year ago today, I attended my first yoga class and my life has never been the same.  I am so blessed to have this gift in my life.  I remember walking in and not having any idea what I was getting myself into.   All I knew was that it might be a good way to exercise and become more flexible.  If I could go back today and say something to myself, it would be, “You are only touching the very tip of the iceberg.  You ain’t seen nothing yet…”

A year ago today I could barely touch my toes, I had back problems, I was overweight, I was hiding much turmoil in my personal life, etc.  The list could go on and on. My life was so unbalanced and in ways I barely understood.  Today, my light is shining very brightly again.  Do I still have a list?  Of course, we all do.  But now I am much more prepared and aware (mind, body, & spirit) to handle the challenges.  I know that the present is just a mere breath away.   I know that the best way to face fear is to first bow humbly then take it’s hand and overcome it together.  I know that where your eyes are looking isn’t always your focus.  And I know that sometimes, the only way to balance your life is to flip it upside down.

It’s also amazing to know that in just a few short days I will have completed  my yoga training and once all my qualifications are completed, I will be a certified yoga teacher… Whoa!!! I think I would enjoy teaching a class or two in the future.  It’ll be a great goal to strive for in the near future. 🙂

One of the greatest gifts I’ve received from yoga is the amazing people who have come into my life.  They have cheered me on every step along my journey and patiently waited for me during times of struggle.  Always a shoulder to lean on and ears to listen.  The light and energy they have brought into my life I can’t describe but I am honored and humbled to call them my friends.

The only regret I have on this day is being unable to thank the person who introduced yoga to me.  For many months, I thought about and planned what I would say and do but alas, it was not to be.   Although a part of me still wanted to, no outward expression was necessary.  I silently gave thanks to this person many times throughout the day and hope that she feels my energy, gratitude, and love.  I wish her only happiness and peace.

Finally, I wanted to share a small accomplishment I achieved on the eve of my yoga anniversary.   The class was called, “Finding Lotus”.  To be honest, I wasn’t really looking forward to this class because my hips were one of the tightest areas in my body when I started.  Hips and backbends were always my toughest classes.  The very first time I did urdhva dhanurasana (upward bow) and felt full extension was an amazing, exhilarating feeling!  However, I always felt like padmasana (lotus pose) was a pose that would take me awhile.  I knew my hips were slowly opening up more and more but I was in no rush to “DO” padmasana.  It would come when the time was right.  But as we went through class and I was sitting in half-lotus, the thought slowly started creeping into my head, “Hmmm, I seem so close… Could I?  Am I there?”  And so with caution and respect, I slowly grabbed above my ankle and brought my leg atop the other.  Still not the greatest and my hips do need to be opened up a little more but, viola… Padmasana!  🙂

It brought a big smile to my face and just seemed like such an appropriate representation of my yogic evolution.  An amazing journey that started…

A year ago today.

Namaste.

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