Rome was not built in a day and neither is your yoga practice. Yoga is an ongoing journey that is never perfected. Good news! That means you can do it for the rest of your life! I do not care if your goal has nothing to do with the mind and spirit part of yoga. That part comes. My hope is that when you do come in, you have an open mind and willingness to receive the amazing gifts yoga can eventually bring. And, of course, the added benefit of an amazing body.
The basic structures of my practice are grounding & breath to bring you into the room, continued with small movements and warm up. The peak of class then balance comes next, followed by core and floor work. Practice ends with the most important pose, savasana.
Ultimately though, it is your practice. I want you to guide me in the direction that you would like to travel. The joy of having smaller classes is that we can communicate easily, and focus on the individual attiention that you might desire.
One of my goals is to live the healthiest life style that is realistic for me and my family. “I try” is the best way to describe my lifestyle. This encompasses body, mind and soul when it comes to health and wellness goals. I give myself a break if I slip a bit. For example, I know that pizza should not be on the menu; however, I love it and so does my family, even my too busy to eat two-year-old. I also try and do some form of meditation and/or yoga every day. Does that happen? Not always, but I sure do try.
These are the things that give me peace and allow me to be the best human being I can for all the people in and around my life. The one thing in my life that stays consistent is my mindfulness and awareness of body, mind & soul. It is imperative for me to listen to those three things daily. When one needs more attention than the others, I try and give it that attention.
When I started my journey with yoga, I struggled with meditation, and sometimes still do. Yoga gave me a platform to meditate without even knowing it. Eventually, I began to see the importance of sitting, quietly and clearing my mind even if it was for only thirty seconds.
In this world, there are very few things that you can control. The power of meditation shows me what I can control: My actions, my reactions and my breathing. Notice how there was nothing about other people in that last sentence? I give myself that special, amazing, important time. The more time you allow yourself to meditate the merrier.
I understand that most of us cannot sit around “doing nothing” for thirty minutes a day. Most of us do set aside time to exercise, at least a few days each week. By bringing yoga into your life, you can have a great workout and meditation time in one all-encompassing package.