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Why I do yoga

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

When I completed yoga teacher training, I made a yoga statement or "bio" as what kind of yoga teacher I would be. At the time, I had not even planned on teaching. I had just completed the training to enhance my practice. But I later learned that I loved teaching and well as learning.

I used a lot of things in 2020 as an excuse to stop my personal practice after I stopped taking classes and stopped emoticon teaching because of the pandemic and because of personal challenges that cropped up in my life in the form mostly of an unexpected grandchild that threw me back into the role of primary caretaker of a baby at the age of 52 (see previous blog).

I'm posting my bio here to remind myself of why yoga made me so open, so aware and so satisfied and content. I don't say "happy" because yoga challenged me and my plus size body in so many ways. I often cried on the mat when in classes looking at younger, bendier bodies and knowing that the only way I would attain that particular pose was to come back in the next life as a really skinny and strong boy.

But I learned to take my plus sized EGO, pat it on the head and place it next to the mat while I did what I needed to do to get to a place of comfort and ease and contentment. Sometimes that meant doing a completely different pose until we moved on in the class.

I let my EGO take over the last six months. I engaged in a spectacular pity party with it.

Well, EGO has no place in the work that I must now do to get back to a healthier, more content person, once more at ease with myself.

Here is my yoga bio written in 2018. Have a great day Sparkies!!

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I am a Yoga Teacher patiently trying to improve my world one breath and one sun salutation at a time. My goal is authenticity, and finding ways to Adapt, Adjust and Accommodate poses to meet needs in the here and now. 

I’m a Forever Student, Yoga Teacher and Practitioner. I don’t think of myself as spiritual, but rather as “curious.”

Why do I do Yoga?  It has assisted me in finding qualities, strengths, talents, spaces and feelings in myself that were previously unknown to me. Some of these qualities were hidden from me by physical habit, other by genetics and many, many others by emotional patterns of fear or doubt.

Plus I like being bendier.
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