This morning when I was teaching Power Flow Yoga, I was very much in the spirit of balance. After all, what is balance?
After spending five days in New England enjoying family, friends, fine dining, freshly-baked treats, wine, sugar, Dunkin' DonutsDunkin' Donuts Ground Coffee - 40oz - Ground & Instant Coffee (Google Affiliate Ad), salt bagels and Friendly's Reese's peanut butter sauce, my heart feels very full of love and experiences. My body feels grossly off balance. As a daily yoga practitioner, I realize that from the moment I departed Tampa and up until this morning, I didn't do one downward facing dog and the closest I got to touching my toes was pulling on and off my designer boots.
A shift in environment can quickly lead to a shift in lifestyle. Aside from love and compassion, my yogic lifestyle went out the window. As the holidays approach, it is easy to find yourself in a similar position of parties and pleasure, sacrificing health and ultimately happiness.
This morning I was reflecting on what exactly it means to say: 'yoga brings balance.' A regular yoga practice does bring balance to things like work/home life. Yoga also balances out the right and left sides of the body, as well as, the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
Standing on one leg balances out your soul. Standing on one leg draws your energy and attention inward, it requires focus, commitment and courage to risk falling. It also requires humility to fall with grace, to rise, try again and honor the place that you are in. It requires tenacity to turn defeat into victory and discipline to keep stretching your limitations.
Much love and Namaste~
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