I have attended 4 hot yoga classes in 4 days, and I might be in love. Well, technically they were “warm” yoga, as I attended 2 foundations classes, a candlelight class and one Yin class. All were lovely.
At first, walking into a wonderfully warm studio, with dim lighting and sublime music was a little intimidating. There were several women (no men) dressed in head to toe lulu looking as if they did not at all belong in a beginners class. As soon as we started, all feelings of uncertainty left me. We moved though several poses and I began to sweat, but instead of feeling tired and ready to go home and eat a cheeseburger, a feeling of tranquility came over me and never left. We worked for an hour and when it was over, I wished it wasn’t. I was able to keep up and did several “variations” of poses when my body refused to stretch in certain ways and that was not only ok, but it was encouraged. Gone was the high intensity atmosphere of “going until your failure point” I always encountered at the gym, or numerous workout videos, or via my ego. I felt my level of fitness (or non-fitness as it may be) was completely embraced. I was taught for the first time to accept my body at where it’s at and be grateful for the mobility and strength I possess today. Pretty much awesome.
In addition to the amazing workouts I had, I received something even better. I received 4.5 hours of complete and utter tranquility, self-acceptance and empowerment in one week. I had the opportunity to still my mind, focus of something as simple as the breath entering and leaving my lungs. It was incredible. Instead of feeling exhausted physically and mentally as I did after so many gym workouts, I came home energized, calm and motivated. I was able to engage and be attentive to my daughter and my partner without feeling as if it should be bedtime. I am now a yoga lover. I will continue to do my best to go several times per week.
I feel so blessed, guided and grateful to have peen pushed in this direction.
#awakening “May you be awaken to want to live an abnormal, extraordinary life. To live the great purpose God has placed before you.” @philipwagnerla @oasisla #lifeinla #lifejourney #lifelesson #blessed (at Oasis Church)
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