What if all it took was one deep breath? One breath to release stress, one breath to connect with openness, spaciousness, love?
What if breath had the power to heal what blocks us and then the power to create a new beginning? One breath to accept what’s here and one breath to imagine what’s possible. Would you then make time for it?
Our mats are not places to be perfect, or even places that we have to be particularly happy. They are places to be authentic. The mat is a place where it’s okay to cry. They are places to give ourselves permission to feel, practice self-care, and use our beautiful physical bodies to potentially shift our experiences. We can move with our feelings, rather than cover them up. If we are anxious or depressed, the physical practice can help us shift our physiological and psychological states, even if it’s just for an hour. We remember that we are more than just our thoughts and emotions. We have a glimpse that there is something stable, pure, and beautiful within each of us.
My invitation: please come to the mat. And bring your whole self.
Bring your fatigue, your soul hunger, your yearning, your imperfection. Bring your sadness, your disappointment, your anger, your fear. Bring your anxiety, bring your depression. The yoga practice celebrates all of your humanity; not just the shiny bits. Of course, bring your joy, your excitement, and your utter magnificence as well. But they are not required for admittance.
I am going to share a secret with you. Most yoga teachers don’t do yoga because they are naturally happy and grounded. They do yoga for the breathing and the space it creates in their body and their mind. They are teachers because they also need the practice.
Bring your breath and your whole self to the mat.
You are welcome here at Yoga Central. We are a community built on openness and love.
**** We are celebrating our 2 year anniversary on September 16th @ 2:30!! Exciting details to follow. Watch for announcements on social media soon!!