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Monday, May 15, 2017

Exploring Yoga

Photo by Marion Michele on Unsplash, Edits by Amanda McCusker
Though yoga has interested me for many years now, I began practicing in earnest almost three years ago. Yoga has a lot of preconceptions notions surrounding it for different reasons, but I will say this...

Yoga has helped me find a confidence in myself that I have never had before. It has reduced my anxiety and shown me that self-care is essential to being better to the people around me. I have gained strength and flexibility that I didn't know I could achieve. I have lost weight, but the greatest victory for me is the pleasure I find in the everyday.

Life is hard. There is no way around it. There are all kinds of crazy things happening around us on a world, national and personal scale. However, there are also wonderful, kind things happening simultaneously in all of those places. We have to focus on the compassion and light up the dark with the brilliance of our energy.

By linking my breath with my body, I am able to slow down my mind and process my surroundings more freely. I am able to be present in this moment and let go of all the things that distract or frustrate me as well as all the clutter and superfluous things that just get in my way.

By being consistently aware of my surroundings, I can face an encounter head on. Once I define a problem, I can solve it, or a need, I can fill it. Whether it is from a person or a process that I need to supply. Everything around me has a purpose, it serves a function or it just makes me happy when I see it.

Yoga has changed my whole world. I can now touch my toes and beyond, but I can also feel the calm contentment in my heart. I know I can handle anything that comes along, which allows me to stop worrying so much.

There's a lot of depth to the study of yoga. Beyond all those poses on the poster. There's the 8 Limbs of Yoga, which serve as the foundation to gain peace of mind. There are the Chakras, which help you identify how you are spending your energy. The poses themselves also have history and benefits when doing one versus the other.

I intend to dive deeper into these philosophies so I can share the many ways yoga has helped me become more secure and active. More on that to come soon.




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