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The wisdom of childhood

30 Apr

I found this piece written by yoga teacher Gloria Latham a while back and always read it whenever I’m taking life too seriously. Make sure to take some time to play today.

10 Good Reasons to Hang Out with Children

1. They love to play and you have completely forgotten how to.

2. They can enter into spontaneous, deep states of meditation by simply staring at ants on the sidewalk (no meditation cushion, or guru required).

3. They love colour and you won’t expand your wardrobe choices beyond black, white, grey and possibly khaki.

4. They break into song and dance regularly and you’ll only sing in the shower and probably haven’t been dancing for ages.

5. Yoga poses are part of their everyday routine whereas you have to work really hard to get all those knots out of your body, not to mention your mind.

6. They hug lots, and you generally avoid all physical contact with anyone you’re not in an intimate relationship with.

7. They nap, and you don’t dare rest until you’ve hit the wall.

8. They have outdoor time scheduled everyday whereas most days, the closest you get to nature is via your laptop.

9. They are extremely honest.

10. They are excited about life…..are you?

The key to my balance

14 Apr

Sunset Yogaphoto © 2008 Andrew Kalat | more info (via: Wylio)I’ve been in love with yoga for many years.  I haven’t practiced yoga for all those years, but I have loved it nonetheless.

I dabbled with DVD’s in my home.  I owned a mat, blocks and straps.  I even subscribed to Yoga Journal and a ridiculous number of yoga blogs.  I had learned an amazing amount about the discipline considering I had never stepped inside a yoga studio for a lesson.

So why on earth didn’t I go to a class?  It’s pretty simple.  I was nervous.  My shy self isn’t very comfortable around new people.  I was also intimidated.  The images you see in magazines, blogs and DVD’s are of beautiful women full of strength, flexibility and grace.  I was not one of those ladies.  My arms and legs had long ago abandoned the idea of being firm and toned.  My aching back refused to let me touch my toes.  And grace?  Well, let’s just move on.

As someone often concerned about looking foolish in front of others, I was not about to line myself up in a room full of graceful, flowing yogis when I could barely hold myself up in downward dog.

Then last summer, while lying on my couch with my laptop, I googled yoga classes in my area and found a new studio had opened just a month earlier in my town.   Full of excitement, I checked out the website.  It was so beautiful and welcoming.  This was a place I’d like to visit.  I knew I probably wouldn’t.

A couple of weeks later, I was wandering through the booths at our town’s summer fair when I came upon one for the new yoga studio.  Well, what did I have to lose?  I went over to ask some questions and found out the first week was free.  Sweet.  Now I just had to get myself to go.

Four days later, I showed up for my first class.  I haven’t stopped going since.

The studio has become a space for me to slow down, breathe and connect with an amazing group of women (and men), most of who started from the same point as me.  We are an array of individuals in all shapes and sizes; our ages from teen to senior.  I am forever grateful for the time I can spend there.

Yoga teaches us to accept things as they are in the moment.  It requires no strength, flexibility or grace.  Instead, these are the gifts that yoga bestows.

Namaste

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