I’ve been looking forward to writing this post for a few days now. It has been far too long between drinks, but I know you would all understand if you had just experienced the month I had! After overcoming my post-holiday blues, moving house and losing a loved one, I’ve finally managed to piece myself together again and though it was one of the most trying periods of my life, I can honestly say that I am proud of the way I’ve carried myself through all of it. Years, even months ago I could have seen myself reacting in a very different way. Retreating back to old habits, indulging in the negative and being self-deprecating. But not this time. This time was different. But why?
The short answer to this is Yoga. On Wednesday my colleague asked me why I practice Yoga. I listed off some health benefits and how it makes me feel great and other standard responses. But upon reflection, that question gets answered for me every day in the way I interact with myself and with the world around me. Through this trying time, I practiced self-discipline (tapas), self-inquiry (svadhyaya) and compassion (ahimsa) at all times along with some awesome asana and pilates classes (thanks Kaya Health Clubs). And all my hard work (yes it was damn tough) paid off.
Piecing myself back together again has been a magical and eye-opening experience. Here are some pearls of wisdom I got out of it:
- Every moment is an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start again.
- When a broken bone starts to heal it is actually stronger than before it was broken. The same thing applies to the human spirit.
- You can never practice love and compassion too often.
- “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor E. Frankl
- Listen to Alan Watts’ podcast. You will be a better human being afterwards. I promise.
“Why yoga? It allows me to see how beautiful the world is, it cleans the slate, gets rid of my own lense and fog of illusion inside and connects me to what is…” Rodney Yee
Why thank you Rodney, I could not have put it better myself!
Come and see what benefits yoga has to offer you at Nourish Yoga class on Monday nights from 6:30pm-7:45pm at 116 Murphy St, Richmond VIC. Book in now to save your spot, or just turn up with a smile!
Here’s to new beginnings!