Today I felt sick, mentally and physically exhausted.
But I rested myself to the yoga mat and practiced where I was. I found energy in the prana mudra, my breath moving in and out of each asana, and my acceptance of myself for where I was today.
I am grateful for my life, but the past can creep up, the heartache and hardships resurface, and I sometimes sense that the wonderful things of today are not deserved by me.
And so I remind myself, good, bad, or indifferent, that nothing is perfect, stationary, or forever. I bring myself back to the present. And I remember how far I’ve come and how hard I’ve worked to get to where I am today.
I know who I want to be, who I choose to be, and who I am. I have faith that I can maintain these important moral codes for myself. I am in control of my destiny. And I love the ride of life now that I can walk confidently upon steps unwavering. Being true to myself feels good, powerful, and honest: I wish everyone finds their truth and walks down their own paths as well, finding beauty in what makes you uniquely you.
It begins the start of Autumn, and what better way to greet the beauty of the Fall than with National Yoga Month?
Yoga is an around-the-year practice. But there are ways to welcome the seasonal changes through our asana and breath work.
I recommend turning inward in your practice and setting intentions for what you wish to let go as the year begins it’s close. As the leaves change and float to the ground, let the thoughts and actions you wish to leave behind fall as well.
I like to switch up my yoga practice with new and old sequences I’ve written. Today, I grabbed an early one I wrote for Standing Split pose, or Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana (in sanskrit).
Using blocks to prop myself into a deeper pose, I thought about how grateful I am to have my daily practice and to maintain mindfulness beyond the mat. There have been times when I haven’t been able to focus or bring play to the mat.
In my yoga practice, I am grateful for what I have accomplished from teacher training and beyond.
I’m Joanna, a RYT-200 certified yoga instructor registered with Yoga Alliance. I teach an aligned vinyasa yoga style with an emphasis on anatomy of asana poses and a yoga philosophy that welcomes everyone for accessible teaching.
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