I’ve been practicing yoga for over 13 years. My commitment level has ebbed and flowed over the years, as has my consistency and growth. But one thing has remained the same: yoga. It has been a constant source of fun, fitness, challenge and grace. Now, as I look to expand my practice and have begun to share it with others through teaching, it has also become an outlet in my busy mommy-life to go, connect, challenge, and grow with other people.
I. Love. It.
For fun, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite things about yoga. Enjoy.
1. Yoga is exactly what you need it to be.
When I need a stretch. When I need to relax. When I need a shot of energy. When I need to tighten and tone. When I need to lengthen muscles. When I need to fall asleep. When I have a headache. When I’m frustrated. When I need to workout. When I’m pregnant. When I’m postpartum. When I’m feeling blue. When I’m wired. When I just need to move. When I need a challenge. When I need a break. When I need to grow. When I need consistency.
2. You can do yoga anytime, anywhere.
And I have! Yoga is so fun to do outside, on the beach, in the grass, in a hotel room, in a friends house, by the pool, in the morning, at night, in bed, beside your bed, in your office, while on vacation, when you’re sick, when you’re well…anytime, anywhere!
3. Yoga is one of my favorite things to do with my kids.
Rarely do I wait for my kids to be napping or otherwise occupied before I do my yoga routine for the day. I love doing yoga with them and around them. I love it that they get to see their momma pursue physical well being and something she is passionate about.
I love it when my little buddies join me on the mat. It is amazing how easily Theo walks into a pose and is completely accurate and at ease. I love holding a balancing pose and seeing Oliver crawl around my legs. I love how seamlessly yoga lends itself to practicing both alone and with others. I take the quiet, alone moments when I can get them, but I equally drink up the times where I get to share something I love as much as yoga, with my children.
4. Yoga makes my physically strong, while stretching my whole body.
Yoga is truly amazing. It is incredibly challenging, yet it is so gentle on your body. I love how my body is challenged in every pose, even the “easy” ones. It keeps me fit, gets me sweating, but while strengthening my muscles, it also lengthens and relaxes them. Its a win-win-win-win.
5. Yoga teaches me to embrace the tension required to find balance.
In most balance poses, there is a tension required to bring yourself into balance. You must root down yet lift up. You but grow up and out. You draw your body in towards itself while coming into full expression. You are challenging yourself, but your breath remains calm and even.
I love, love, love how yoga mirrors life. Isn’t this tension in yoga the same tension we find in real life??? Sometimes we move forward by first taking a step back. Sometimes we must look up and out in order to conquer the situations right in front of us. And where does all this bring us? Into balance.
So often we think about tension in negative terms. Yoga has taught me that some tension is good. Some tension, is the very things required to move me forward, or bring me into balance, or to simply find strength to move a little bit higher.