Tuesday, 25 February 2014

The Power of Yoga


I started practicing yoga about 9 years ago now. I walked in Tanya's Hot Yoga studio that fateful day hoping to shed some pounds and get that cute Lululemon butt all the girls were rocking around campus. But as it turned out, I left with so much more. 

Over the years yoga has always been in my life – sometime just on the peripheries and at others it takes on a greater role. But it always seems to take on that greater role in times of turmoil. So after losing my Dad this past summer, I found myself searching for a place to heal, and I found myself in a hot yoga class. Yoga has long helped me find balance, restore my spirit, and heal my broken heart (both physically and metaphorically). 


On the last day of 2013 I found myself in a packed class at my local Moksha Studio. We set our intention for the year ahead. We sought healing for the year that had past. And I reflected on the invaluable lessons I have learned from my practice.

  1. You only have one body, one heart, one mind, and one soul – Choose to Honor Yourself.
  2. The Breath is Powerful and Restorative.
  3. You can breathe in what you need, and breathe out what you don’t. 
  4. It is okay to surrender your fear.
  5. Having a flexible body is good for your health, and having a flexible mind is good for your soul.
  6. A grateful heart and joyful spirit shine from within.
  7. The physical expression of strength is a reminder of your spiritual progress.
  8. Be Present and Thankful for where you are today. 
  9. Find the Joy in your Journey
  10. Life filled with Love and Light is a better life.
      For these reasons and many others I choose to honour myself once a week with yoga. No matter what I need physically, mentally, spiritually - I always seem to find it within confines of the four corners of my yoga mat. And while yoga is a great way to balance my body, I know it is even better for my soul.


Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

21 comments:

  1. LOVE! I love how yoga is a practice... no one is perfect, and there's always room for improvement!

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  2. good for you! You are so right and finding something like yoga to help heal is so important. HUGS!

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  3. Fantastic words of wisdom. It took me a long time to find yoga, but now it's something I try to do at least 1 time a week...right more would be better, but I'm not focusing on that right now :) I love the words from the teachers and the feeling it creates being around others who are letting go and no competition

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  4. Yes! Yes! Yes! As a dedicated moksha yogini, I have to agree with everything you said. At this point my body physically craves yoga and when I don't practice I am restless, more unsettled and have difficulty falling (and staying) asleep. As someone who also manages significant chronic health issues, yoga (particularly hot yoga) has been an invaluable tool for me manage pain, practice patience and forgive my body. It is such a humbling exercise because your practice changes based on how your body responds to the asanas - it is pure magic when you are in the zone and everything feels great :)

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  5. I love yoga for all the lessons it's taught me that you mentioned. I really don't know what I would do without it

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  6. UGH I need a daily DO SOME YOGA reminder! ;)

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  7. Life is never complete without yoga :)

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  8. I've been thinking about Yoga a lot as of late. I need to go for Bikram Yoga class soon.

    xoxox

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  9. Great post Krysten, and a great reminder to me that I need to make time for yoga more often. Right now I'm super excited about feeling strong on my runs, but I know that in order to keep it that way, I need the balance in terms of relaxation and flexibility that yoga provides. Thanks for the reminder, and I'm so glad to hear that yoga has become such a huge part of your lifestyle. <3

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  10. I love yoga! I've been practicing for 16 years (since my son was born). LIke you, I practice formally once/week...but I do one or two more sessions at home. Keeps me limber and focused!

    Taking the Long Way Home: http://oldrunningmom.blogspot.com/2014/02/whos-old.html

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  11. I wish I could find a yoga class that I liked. Perhaps it's because I just don't feel as though I can DO IT - I flop around like a dead fish. And then laugh at myself and ruin everyone else's aura? Is that the right terminology? LOL!

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  12. This is such a provoking post Krysten. Thanks for the inspiration. XO Marnie

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  13. This is such a provoking post Krysten. Thanks for the inspiration. XO Marnie

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  14. It took me the longest time to understand what it meant that yoga is a practice. It really it. It's different every time you step onto the mat, every time you breathe.

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  15. LOVE! I really need to do this but I really want to do it in a studio - not at home in cramped quarters & not knowing what I am doing. I know I need it but I prefer a teacher & can't afford right now...

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  16. You can tell you live life very centered and that is very inspiring! Thank you for Sharing!

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  17. Thanks for sharing & Love the Imprint Pilates in Studio Yoga Photo!!! #Happy Heart!!! #yoga #selfie :)

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  18. "I choose to HONOR myself" - love this.

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