I've got a little yoga musings for you today. Not sure where this is going to go, but I am just going to write, so it may not make sense, but I'll try my best to get my feelings and thoughts across. Mondays are always really hard for me, not sure why, but emotionally I am a wreak. The good thing is Mondays are also a yoga day for me. I have so many thoughts during my practice, raw and real. All the turmoil comes out on the mat. So I'll lead you through something I've really felt lately and realized in my practice.
We all know yoga can be an emotional and mental release, as well as a physical one. It allows us time to connect with our inner-selves and be present in the moment. Some of us don't always get this connection every time we practice. If you fight it or you just ignore it and allow yourself to be distracted, you'll miss the opportunity. I don't get to this point every time either. That's okay. We don't have to. But in the practices I do allow myself to really feel this connection, I benefit so much more.
Lately, during each of my practices, I have been trying to fully "melt" myself into my movements. To really feel my practice and what my body is doing. As I've been doing this, I've come to realize that this is the exact reason I love yoga so much. I can feel it. None of my practices are gentle in any sense. I adore the power flows and vinyasa. I need the intensity. I need to be able to feel it. When I'm flowing through chaturangas, down-dogs, warriors, arm balances, and holds, I can feel this power just being released through my veins. It seeps into every part of my body and I feel alive.
I am connected to the Earth and to myself. I feel my raw emotions being utilized as the strength and power I need to perform my practice. The fire in my muscles and the rhythm of my breath. It's intense, but it's magic. The feeling of so much struggle, but so much release. So much hate and anger comes out. Everything I don't want anymore can be used and I feel it in my movements.
I love this feeling. I love being able to feel my body and this energy that consumes every part of my being. I imagine an aura of power surrounding me while I'm moving. This energy, this power, just takes over. All the nasty thoughts, the stress, the anxiety, the depression. It gets used and I can feel it and know that it is real. I'm able to acknowledge it, but also acknowledge that I can utilize it as power.
Yoga is just so many things to me. During each practice it can be something different from the last. But these practices, the ones where I can feel it, I love them the most. These are the practices that let me cry. I feel more "complete" by the end. I feel released and cleansed. I know I've used every ounce of emotion that I had in my practice. I can lay in savasana and just feel.
Yoga is a feeling.
So tell me:
+ What do you feel when you practice yoga?
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