I admit it, I’m in love with my life. Not the ‘things’ I have accumulated, not the position I have as an instructor, owner, personal trainer. I’m in love with the simplicity and exhilaration of exploring the tough areas, the obstacles and conflicts in my life and learning how take a fresh approach that causes me to grow up and out. Some may mistakenly believe that happiness or ‘bliss’ is the avoidance of fearful or uncomfortable areas. It is just the opposite. It is pressing into those areas, failing, falling, stumbling and yet feeling stable and focused. It’s knowing that no matter the outcome, my intentions were good and my focus was were it was supposed to be.
In my yoga practice, I rehearse to myself time and time again to first connect with my foundation and press into it with purpose and intention. I then ignite my core/center and connect it with that firm foundation. Out of that connection that expression, passion and flourish of the movement becomes the dance.
It has taken me a while to connect my yoga practice to the principle of living from center/core. Years ago I first came in contact with idea of living from center, at a moment when the circumstances of life seemed overwhelming and all consuming. I had a vision of a hurricane. I was caught in the wall of the storm, with the debris (circumstances). As the winds increased the shards of glass and other sharp objects ripped and tore at my skin. Objects larger than me pummeled me from side to side in the wall of the storm.
I cried out for help and I heard a voice call my name from the center of the storm. I would catch glimpses of the calm in the center of the storm as I continued to tumble and jostle int the circumstances of my storm. Again I heard my name called out and I turned and looked right into the most peaceful face I had ever seen. I was drawn closer to him. As I pulled closer to him, the winds of the storm calmed. Actually, the winds were still there, the storm and the circumstances were still the same. But I was no longer part of them. The white peaceful blissful place at center is the place I was created to focus on, to live from and to express out from. It is more than ‘home base’. It is more than a place to ‘check in with’. It is the source of all power, energy and expression.
My life has gotten a little busy lately, I was encouraged to take a full week off from all work. Since I couldn’t ‘get away’ I decided to have a ‘stay’cation. I looked online to find the closest yoga studio that offered hot yoga. I then booked a couple sessions and I made an appointment to get a facial at Aveda. Vacation is a state of mind and since I couldn’t get my body to a warmer state, I decided to take my heart and mind on a journey.
On Saturday I had a delightful facial. I was so blessed to have an opportunity to share some encouragement, motivation and inspiration with the young lady who was doing my facial. She hugged me when I left and made me promise I would come back to see her once a month for the next year.
On Sunday I took a hot yoga course in the morning. I was pre-registered for an evening one, but the weather wasn’t looking good and I didn’t want to take a chance. I ended up taking two hot yoga classes, one in the mid morning and one in the evening.
On Monday I did the same. I took one hot yoga in the morning and a vinyasa flow in the evening. I must say that I went into the vinyasa flow thinking it would be a nice gentle way to round out my ‘stay’cation. It ended up being the most challenging and brought the biggest changes.
I am even more encouraged and inspired to bring more yoga to my clients. I have been increasing my personal practice and hardly go a day without some mat time. I have been adding in some yoga to most every workout I teach. I want to share more and I’m inspired to find a way to make that happen.
It should be easy. All I have to do is stay firm in foundational truth, connect with the core of who I was created to be and express out with passion. Pressing in, going deep and leaning out!!! This should be a fun ride!