Over 10 years ago I had a regular yoga class that I attended every Sunday religiously. One morning I woke up unable to move my neck, despite the discomfort and out of habit, I headed to yoga and told my teacher I wasn't sure what I would be able to do that morning because of my injury.
After class my teacher asked how my neck felt and in my post yoga euphoria; I realized the pain was gone.
On Friday night I had made plans to go to an evening yoga class with a friend. Friday was a long day with a 1/2 day of school, toning class, science class, ballet and basic running around. What I've learned about MS is that I have much more stamina in the morning and slowly lose it as the day goes on. I worried if it would be too much for me to go to the yoga class later.
I pushed myself through the tingling in my feet and found a spot on my mat. It was Friday, the end of the week and the room filled with energy. Although challenging, the yoga pumped blood through my body and my breath creating a fire in my heart. Needless to say, I was thrilled I attended the class.
Yoga is a physical practice that builds strengths and burns calories, but also equally a mental and emotional practice. It brings clarity, calm and helps us find the bright light that is inside each one of us.
Sometimes I'll ask a non-yoga friend to come to my class or go to a workshop with me and they will decline. I appreciate their honesty and can understand everything can't be for everyone. But, the more people that do yoga, the more open-hearted people there are in the world and that can't be a bad thing.
Often I hear comments or excuses about skill level.
"I was the one falling over during tree pose."
"My heels can never touch down on the ground during Down Dog."
"I'm the fattest one in the class."
"I can't even touch my toes."
I am being honest when I say I didn't notice. I am not there to observe others; I am practicing yoga to look within. The practice is forever evolving and wouldn't be fun if you could do everything perfect the first time. This is why it is called yoga practice not yoga perfect.
Yoga makes me feel good and be a better person in so many ways and I hope to share this with you.
Be honest, do you enjoy yoga? Are you intimidated to try yoga? Is yoga not for you? All viewpoints are welcome, thank you for sharing.
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