Moving with greater awareness of my breath as I walk, read, drive, fall asleep, whatever. Meditating daily. Hitting my yoga mat a solid 6 days a week. I’m feeling a shift and it’s more than physical. In many ways it’s like I have a new relationship with myself, and the key to keeping this relationship healthy is communicating with my body. Listening to where it feels open and how can I find even more lightness. Equally, listening to the aches and finding solutions.
Often I wonder what my life would be like without yoga. What would I feel like? Would I have poor posture? Would my attitude towards others and presence in life be different? Would I be just as happy as I am today?
I have these same thoughts of wonderment when I get my monthly massage. The kinks, knots, toxins and tension don’t dissolve without some loving assistance. If I didn’t listen to my body and take the time to address them , would I just get use to feeling continually tight and achy? Would living with a sense of being weighed down be the norm?
I now realize that not being aware of the importance of moving and breathing is a key factor in how many people become so disconnected with their bodies. As a yoga teacher I have worked with students who act as if just a little movement and bodily sensation is awkward for them. It’s as if they are moving their bodies for the first time since they were 5 years old.
I feel lucky to have yoga in my life. It keeps me centered and grounded. At the same time, it keeps me strong and flexible. I have great posture — both standing on my feet as well as my hands 🙂 And though I’ve been practicing yoga for over 15 years, it’s really in the last year or so I have discovered another entire level of myself. Again, it’s like a new relationship and I’m still enjoying the flirtatious stage.