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A Yoga Journey

A Yoga Journey

Over the years I've tried yoga, but my efforts failed to ever embrace the practice. I now know the difference between then and now.  In the past, my heart and mind were not open to the possibility of profound change.

Over the years I’ve tried yoga, but my efforts failed to ever embrace the practice. I now know the difference between then and now.

In the past, my heart and mind were not open to the possibility of profound change.

Life Lessons from Yoga

  1. Open your heart and mind to the possibility of profound change.
  2. Let go of what you think life should be and celebrate all that it is.
  3. Find comfort and peace in stillness.
  4. Be present. Fully alive and fully aware.
  5. Awareness of the body.
  6. There is a gift in connecting the mind, body and breath.
  7. Refocus by coming back to your purpose and intention.
  8. Awaken the heart and quiet the mind.
  9. Empowerment comes from nourishing the body, mind and spirit.
  10. Let go of the things that no longer serve you.

The lesson that is a combination of all lessons learned, don’t skip savasana. Don’t be in a hurry to rush to the next thing. Give yourself this gift. The final resting pose gives you a chance to absorb the benefits of your practice and clear your mind before you go back out into the world.

Savasana gives you a chance to bridge your practice with life.

The most exciting part, this is only the beginning of the journey.

Over the years I've tried yoga, but my efforts failed to ever embrace the practice. I now know the difference between then and now.  In the past, my heart and mind were not open to the possibility of profound change.

I have so much more that I’m excited to share with you.

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    1. Hi Janice, have you given yoga another try lately? It’s tempting isn’t it 🙂

  1. I love yoga! I am hosting a challenge myself, and love the idea of your yoga challenge!

  2. Though I’m not participating in the challenge, I do think it’s one of the best things out there right now in terms of challenges. I need to take the time each day to center myself and refocus on the calm and not the storm.

    1. I agree Stephanie! It seems to have brought awareness and energy to so many of the participants.

  3. I think I am one of those who needs yoga the most, but one of the reasons I don’t do it is because I have a difficult time calming myself down since I am always go, go, go. It’s hard to me to stay focused and not just GO. I will admit that hot yoga has been better for me when I have done it because the sweat makes me feel even better when I am doing it.

    1. That’s exactly how I have felt in the past about yoga. I now know for me, I was missing the whole point. I was trying to force the practice. Seriously missing the point!

  4. Love this. I love savasana at the end of yoga. I actually haven’t been doing it much but I’m doing 2 yoga instagram challenges this month to try to do more yoga this month, and I have a few classes at a local studio. Goals: crow pose and handstand in 2015!

    1. Hi Patty, how are the yoga challenges going? I’m still working on a handstand 🙂

    1. Me too Toni. In fact it’s the only way I’ve found to make the connection of the 3. .

  5. I love savasana and for a while I was that person who used to be antsy about leaving and have a hard time sitting still, but NOW I embrace it. I love that quiet time of being able to FULLY let go and just be. It is such a wonderful moment!

    1. Me too Katie. Stillness WAS difficult for me. Now, as you said, I embrace it. Savasana is one of my favorite things about yoga. Just being is a comfortable place for me now.

  6. It has been so great to see everyone participate in the challenge. Totally agree there are so many life lessons to be learned thru yoga. I feel the same way about running. Coincidentally I run my best when I’m doing yoga regularly.

    1. Running and yoga are a great combination! I never thought I would say this but I love yoga as much as I love running.

  7. I remember all of these things from when I practiced regularly. Someday I will get back to my mat, until then, I love the reminder about all the lessons to be learned there!
    Great poses and photos. Those alone radiate peace!

  8. Great lessons to learn! My practice has had fits and starts but I am determined to make it work. I need to find that balance in my life right now. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Stephanie, how is the search for balance going. The funny thing about balance is you find it, enjoy it and something changes and it’s gone. It’s an ever evolving journey.

  9. I’m not doing the yoga challenge but all of those lessons are exactly the things I’m working on in my life right now! I think this week I will start focusing on #10 – I know there are too many things that are just cluttering my life right now.

    1. Hi Kim, #10 was an epiphany! Of course not a new concept but new in my life. Such a simple and empowering concept.

    1. I know! From someone who was never been comfortable with stillness in the past, Savasanah is now one of my favorite things about yoga.

  10. I miss my Saturday morning yoga class, I teach at the time now. I miss the serenity it gave me.

    1. Hi Margo. The serenity is one of the big reasons I practice as often as I do.

  11. Yoga is great for so many reasons. Like Deborah, I tend to get caught up in too many challenges, and February was not the right month for a challenge for me. But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t practice my yoga – just at my own pace and schedule.

    1. Hi Kathryn, I can relate to “caught up in too many challenges!” I get so motivated and jump right in as if challenge workouts are all I have to do in a day haha! Like you said, it’s “my yoga” 🙂

  12. My two favorite yoga poses are Pigeon and Savasanah. I usually fall asleep!

    1. haha a lady in one of my yoga classes always falls asleep in Savasana. Even a snore or 2 🙂 From someone who was never comfortable with stillness in the past, Savasanah is now one of my favorite things about yoga.

  13. “Let go of things that no longer serve you”…. Oh how I need to embrace that one 🙂
    What a beautiful journey! Looking forward to more.

    1. Hi Julie, that is one of those life changing messages. It’s such a simple and powerful concept.

  14. I loved watching all of your yoga the past month-really inspiring. I got caught up in a few too many challenges and really couldn’t keep up. I have been trying to add more yoga into my life. I do really enjoy it although I am not too good at it and I am ok with that!

    1. Deborah, I can relate to caught up in too many challenges! I get so motivated and jump right in as if challenge workouts are all I have to do in a day haha!

  15. When I first started yoga, it would frustrate me. I felt like I wasn’t doing anything because I wasn’t dripping sweat. It took quite a few sessions on the mat with really awesome teachers to show me how powerful yoga is…and what a crazy good workout it is!

    1. Same here Pragati! I now know that I was totally missing the point. There was a time when I thought yoga would be fine as a rest day. Little did I know!

  16. Another great thing yoga has taught me this year is patience and acceptance. Patience that I will keep practicing and nail that pose one day and acceptance that I am where I am and I shouldn’t compare my journey to another’s journey.

    1. Hi Kels, for some reason yoga is the easiest thing for me to NOT get caught in the comparison trap. Like you said. It’s “my journey”.

  17. I’ve loved the yoga challenge, simply because it served to remind me of how much I love yoga.

    Yoga has taught me patience. Of which I am normally in short supply!

    1. Hi Wendy, I loved the challenge too and I’ve continued to practice almost daily.

  18. Are you kidding? Who skips savasana? Not this girl, that is my favorite 🙂 This is the one thing that I have found that really clears my mind. I don’t find myself thinking about anything during yoga and I really need that!

    1. A year ago I would have raised my hand Sue. Embracing stillness was a tough lesson to learn for me. Quieting the mind is another hard lesson but I’m getting better. So much progress and still so far to go.

  19. My biggest life lesson from the mat is to learn to laugh when you fall over–and to get up and try again, with new concentration and focus, but with a smile.

  20. “Let go of what you think life should be and celebrate all that it is.” AND “don’t hurry and rush tot he next thing” SOMETIMES I am such a “go, go, go” person, I don’t enjoy what I am currently doing. Instead of stopping to smell the roses, I’m mowing them over on my way to the next thing. I am learning to let go and just be. 🙂

    1. Haha Amber I’m mowing over with you! I’m becoming less and less inclined to focus on what’s coming up. That’s huge progress for me 🙂

  21. I should have taken part, and I am annoyed at myself that i didnt! You have done so well with it, and these lessons are truly so important Jill! I need to learn so much more from yoga, and I am going this evening, so it will be good for me, but I have been struggling to find peace in stillness, and allowing myself to just “be”.

    1. Hi Tina. You will when the time is right. I never thought I would find joy and peace in stillness.

  22. I love my yoga class! and yes I learning to be still & enjoy it! It is a real journey for me to be able to focus solely o the instruction and nothing else for the hour- I look forward to it & am trying to move to 2 classes a week!

    1. Good morning Mary Beth. Stillness was a tough lesson to learn but now I embrace it.

  23. ….to let it all all all go as NONE OF IT REALLY MATTERS on the mat

    <3

    1. none on the mat and less off the mat matters. i’m getting pretty good at letting it all go <3

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