You know we talk about you all the time, right? Perhaps, I should say gush and love on you from afar. And, by “we,” I most often am referring to me and the Yoga Dear hubby.
You all mean so very much to us. After teaching, Eugene and I always ask each other, “How was class?” Sure, we talk about how we might have approached a particular sequence differently. We talk about what seemed to resonate, how much laughter or quiet there was in the room. But, most often? We’re seriously in wonder at the growth we’ve seen in you whether you’ve been practicing with us since the very beginning, over the last two months, or just the past few days.
Your growth in yoga - physically, mentally, and spiritually - is something to be celebrated. Take a moment to consider the first time you stepped into a yoga class or rolled out a mat. How did you feel? Why did you start? And, then take a moment to reflect on how this practice has helped you grow on the mat and off. We see it. We see a buzzing community where relationships blossom. We see a room of strong Warrior 2's. We see how this yogi got into crow pose, how that yogini’s knee pain has healed, how this one now drifts into a deep savasana. You are inspiring! So, can I share more about your growth?
- You’ve become more confident and bold on the mat. You try new things that might have frightened you before - arm balances, headstands at the wall, standing on one foot, trying a new breathing technique.
- You trust your body and listen to it more often. Some days, you tell me you feel strong, and other days you share that you need more rest. You recognize your “edge,” knowing when to continue, and when to back off.
- You recognize that practice needs consistency, that growth takes loyalty and time. So many of you practice yoga 3, 4, 5 times a week through breath, movement, and meditation.
- You respect your own needs more. You know that by giving yourself this time, you are able to give of yourself to your family, friends, work, dharma. Appreciation + peace with the self = deep gratitude and love for others, too.
- You’re super curious. You read yoga books. You download cool apps. You ask questions. You’ve gone on retreats, attended workshops, and considered further trainings. You’re following your interests without needing to know the why or the how of it.
- And, finally? I’ve seen bodies get stronger & more flexible, but more than that, I’ve seen a healing from the inside out. I’ve seen an awareness of your body in motion. I’ve seen a relaxation through breathing. I see a calmer presence, a content state of being, and I swear, rosier complexions (it's true!). And, maybe we don’t feel this all the time, but we know how to access these states.
These are lessons to take off of our mats, too. Don’t you think? Confidence. Boldness. Trusting our bodies and listening to them. Loyalty. Respect. Curiosity. Letting go of the outcome. Healing from within. Oh, and the stronger muscles, healthier immune system, and flexibility are awesome side effects, too. I welcome you to celebrate your growth today. Reflect on where you’ve been and how far you’ve come. Consider how yoga has affected your life not just in the studio, but in your world, too. And, write to me about it. I’d love to hear your thoughts!