This Was Exactly What I needed!

Hi Yogis, 

I filled my weekend with taking yoga classes, and I noticed that this sentence was on repeat in my head as I practiced.  I was busy, I was tired, and I was crabby.  I almost chose not to take class and to just go home and relax on my couch.  When I stepped foot on my mat, I knew right away I had made the right choice. 

I am a yoga teacher.  I am a cart girl at a golf course.  I am an Infinite Warrior.  I am a new Auntie that wants to help her sister and see her niece.  I am a high school teacher approaching the end of summer break.  Like all of us, I am busy and stressed.  The school year is a hectic and an exhausting time.  I am very lucky to have two months off over the summer, so don't get me wrong, I am not complaining.  However, the beginning of the year is always a rough transition.  Sharing energy with 200 teenagers for eight hours each day can be draining.  Getting back in the groove of it takes a few weeks. Needless to say, the week before school starts nervous anxiety creeps into my body and it’s hard to shake. 

I took a good friend of mine’s classes on Sunday and Monday amidst the chaos.  The entire time I felt restored; confident that I could overcome all the anxiety.  I felt alive and was reminded that I’m supported and never alone.  It reminded me that yoga is what I need to do to get through things.  Even if I’m tired.  Especially if I'm busy.  I’m so grateful that I have this place to heal me emotionally, physically, and mentally.  Breathing on my mat reminds me to breathe in life.  Releasing tension from my muscles and joints reminds me not to grip the steering wheel when I'm driving.  Accepting myself on the mat reminds me that I am enough.  Learning to project only love in class allows me to brush off negativity of others. I need this practice as much as possible.

Yoga quickly becomes an addiction because so many people come to the realization that this practice is something that they need.  It can get you through your day; it can get you through your life.  You have stress?  Go to yoga.  You are sad or hurt? Go to yoga.  You’re in pain? Go to yoga. You have insomnia? Go to yoga. You lost your confidence? Go to yoga. You want to feel alive again? Go to yoga.  You need time to yourself? Go to yoga.  You’re tired? Go to yoga.  My current issue is anxiety and I’m so glad I was reminded this weekend that yoga is my cure.  I have now planned out my week to fit in my practice as often as I can – yes, even if it means waking up at the crack of dawn to go to 6am classes or practicing in my living room.  

My mantra for this school year is ‘I can do anything,’ and ‘I believe in the good things coming.’ 

What’s your mantra? Looking forward to hearing from you, Warriors!

Health and lots of love, 

Jenny