Sometimes it's okay to start over again.
In this particular case, I am choosing to begin my yoga practice all over again from scratch. It's as if I know nothing and have zero experience with this exercise. I recently purchased this Beginner's Guide book: Yoga for Every Body by Luisa Ray.
This book appeals to me because it provides modifications and simplified step-by-step illustrations of poses for all body types, sizes, ages, and experience levels. I can move at my own tortoise pace and attempt one pose at a time, when I have the time; slowly working my way up building greater strength and flexibility one day at a time.
I am approaching my practice very differently this time around than I did in the past. I no longer feel the need to show you what I am doing. And I am resisting the urge to compare my results with yours. This is a mindful practice, and for that reason, I am already experiencing the beauty of this process and the reason I was orginally drawn to yoga in the first place. Yoga + Breathing + Prayer + Meditation + Reading + Listening is so incredibly calming. In this season of my life, I NEED that Philippians 4 Peace which passes understanding more than ever!
You may wonder why--- considering my children are raised and my husband of almost two years (another practice I started over--after ending a 27+ year marriage) is as gentle as our marriage verse Ephesians 4:2 suggests.
However, work has been demanding, to say the least, as the school year comes to a close. Additionally I have spent too much time in my head over-analyzing the choices I have made and continue to make regarding family, finances, religion vs. spirituality, and anything else you can think of related to maintaining a healthy mind, body, and soul.
The precious minutes I get to pray in child's pose or breathe and meditate in my car on my lunch break have become sacred time for me that ground me into the present moment and away from social induced anxiety.
I am grateful for ALL of my Sweet Darlings! As I breathe deeply in Warrior 2 Pose, I will point forward with Philippians 1:6 CONFIDENCE and Hebrews 12:1 ENDURANCE to wherever my God is leading me to do His Perfect Will next while thoroughly enjoying the PURE satisfaction of NOW.
There was a time when I wanted to show you my practice:
That time has passed. And I am at peace with this choice. Life is full of choices. Choose wisely.
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