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Why not RESTORE ... I have no time to DO more!


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Restore your mind and body. Rest. Be still. Listen to your breath. Calm yourself. Breathe again deeply. Let go. Be.

Instantly, these thoughts make me feel more at peace and in control of my world.

The practice of yoga, or the discipline of learning to "be" is a healthy habit I've been working on for several years now. I had to acquire an appetite for this zen thing. This is BIG progress for type A, action-packed me!

So, I MADE myself slow down, sort of (at least for the hour class). I told myself over and over again that my body needed to lengthen and let go.

My mind would race. I would try to BREATHE.

My yogi instructor would reaffirm it was the best thing I could be doing for myself. She urged me to do less and be more. My yoga practice, she'd say, is the place I did not need to push body. Yoga is about being kind to your body.

I listened. I rolled my eyes sometimes. But I kept coming back for more!

Now I teach yoga. It's part of my healthy lifestyle and a form of exercise I love to share with others.

I am so thankful for my patient yoga instructor who knew my mind and body needed this quiet time so I can be all I was created to be! I've learned that by being still, I actually have more energy and a renewed outlook that keeps me at my best for myself, my family, my clients and everyone I interact with each day.

I smile now when I remember how I used to think I had no time to rest so I would just DO more. I'm lucky I did not "do" myself into the loony bin!

I continue to learn from yoga. It's true that all work and no play makes me a really DULL person.

You know what else it makes me?
Exhausted!
Frantic!
Unhealthy!
Unbalanced!
Irritable!
Unavailable!
Exercise-obsessed!
And UNHAPPY.

Yoga teaches me to take time to rest and restore my mind, body and soul.

Yoga brings me PEACE and improves my HEALTH.

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