I have a story to tell you. A personal one.
When I came upon something that opened my mind, relaxed and yet strengthened my body and brought me closer to nature, I was floored.
It has since become a part of my spirituality.
My very first experience with yoga wasn’t amazing though. The instructor gave me a dirty yoga mat that I didn’t know was dirty until the guy who cleaned them told me right after class and then she kept calling out my name every ten minutes because she knew me, but still, it was my first time!
I did go back though and eventually, I learned about it and found my flow.
But life struck last year and I got married, moved and changed jobs all within 9 months, causing me to ignore the flow and jump right into the chaos without my precious life preserver.
I kid you not when I tell you that my muscles have tightened, my mind has been cloudier, my waist has expanded and my inner peace has struggled with the daily grind.
At first, I didn’t know what had happened. Here I was, happily married, with a job that pays my bills and then some and living in a beautiful new townhouse I got to call home. And yet, something inside didn’t feel at ease. My shoulders were always scrunched, my sleep was erratic and my bad habits came out of the woods ready to rage.
Then one day, I was looking through Groupon and a yoga studio caught my eye. It was close to home and offered a view of the ocean during practice. The price was amazing and I thought, “Damn, it’s been almost a year since I’ve taken out my mat!”
The moment I went, I was hooked right back on the yoga sauce.
That was two months ago. I do power yoga (a yin/yang/yin 75 min class) twice a week and I feel on top of the world.
When someone says, what difference can a little stretching make? I tell them:
All the difference.
Find your flow.