Happy Monday! I am really hoping this week ends up being a lot better than my last. There were a lot of mishaps and not so fun moments last week that I am glad are over. I'm also keeping myself calm and relaxed until Tuesday when I have to go back and try to register for one more class since Friday did not go so well. As of now I am not even a full-time student. 10 credits, woohoo! That's bad. But hopefully I can get things settled soon. Until then I am shunning that from my mind and all the bad stuff that happened last week. Let's just make this a super #PowerMonday, okay!?
"Yoga is a union with yourself." I saw this quote on Yoga Journal's Facebook page the other night and it really resonated with me. I never really knew the exact way to put this into words, but this quote really does just that. Yoga isn't just being connected with the mat or just being present for however long your practice is that day. It is so much more. Yoga is a connection to the physical body as well as the emotional, and spiritual. It is a connection with every corner of your being. It becomes a union when you fully accept your practice and the lifestyle that is yoga. You become "married" to that connection between yoga and yourself.
Yoga is not just a thing. It isn't just an activity. It may be for some people who only do yoga for the fitness aspect or just for the meditation. But when you start to see yoga as a lifestyle you begin to learn that embracing it is actually creating a union with yourself. Sometimes I forget to embrace all the aspects of yoga. I like getting in that strong fierce workout that leaves my body so warm, glowing, and strong. Yet I always tend to skip savasana, the important calming rest pose at the end of the practice. I like to think about the feelings yoga brings to me and what it has taught me, yet I still struggle with channeling those feelings into a calm presence that I want to keep in my everyday life. My union with yoga is nowhere near perfect, but I work on strengthening that union, that connection everyday. Not only on the mat during my physical practice, but also just living my normal life.
Yoga is something that you really can make a lasting union with. It's not like a quick circuit workout, an upbeat Zumba class, or a hardcore spin session. Those things last only for the duration of the workout. Yoga goes so far beyond just a workout. It seeps itself in to every inch, every minute of your day, if you allow it. This last year of my practice, I have finally started to really feel that union even when I am not practicing. I feel my connection with the yoga life as I am simply walking to the car or meeting someone for the first time. Of course I also still instantly feel it right when I step in the met. My body begins to fully awaken and become aware. During my physical practice is when that union gets to fully be expressed . My heart opens, my body bends and becomes lit with fire, my mind settles into its happy yoga place. I have to have a strong connection with myself during this time to allow and trust my body to even move into some of the asanas that I do.
"Yoga is a union with yourself." I have a union with yoga. I have a union with myself. This union contains, strength, flexibility, confidence, compassion, beauty, radiance, forgiveness, understanding, and trust. It allows me to be open and myself physically, emotionally, and spiritually. But is it the perfect union? No. But yoga and I are able to come together everyday and work on those aspects that are not. There is no perfect union, but the union I have with yoga, and thus myself, is pretty damn great!
I hope y'all link-up again this week with something powerful! I can't wait to add some more power to my week and you never know who you might be helping when you spread that power! Have a beautiful Monday and a beautiful week my friends!
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So tell me:
+ Have you found something you can create a union with in your life?
+ Do you feel connected with yourself most days or do you struggle with being in-tune with yourself?
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