“The grass may be greener on the other side, but gratitude reminds you that you are standing on the only side that matters. This is life right now. The grass is greenest where you water it, so water this moment with your love and appreciation. You will be amazed at the results. You will grow a garden of incredible inner peace”
~ Ian Lawton
Shifting the Narrative
Broadening Our Understanding
Throughout the summer months I have the joy and privilege of meeting so many new people on the mat; I absolutely love it!
Showing up for a class, workshop, or retreat takes courage. Especially with an instructor you don’t know.
I am aware some people who join me have never taken a yoga class. I also understand many folks have discomfort, or fear, or anxiety around yoga. While I don’t know the specifics surrounding each of these apprehensions, I do understand they are real.
So today, I offer encouragement and assurance.
Being proactive about your self care, no matter what form that takes, is fantastic.
I believe there are so many beautiful paths that lead to greater health, vitality, and joy. Yoga is the one that has become my moment by moment, breath by breath guide on this journey.
If you look at the magazine covers, you might think yoga is really complicated. Or that it’s only for super flexible people. Or, it’s required that you wear super tight shorts and tiny tops if you are planning to attend a yoga class.
I’d love to shift all of that right here and now.
For absolutely everyone if I could.
Because? None of that is true.
I often hear statements like, “I can’t do yoga because I hurt my wrist.”
Or, “I’m not any good at yoga because I can’t touch my toes.”
I also try and switch those narratives when there’s space for conversation.
The physical postures, the asanas, are simply one aspect of yoga.
Breath work is yoga.
Meditation is yoga.
And so much more . . . is yoga.
When people say to me, “I ride my bike. Play tennis. Go hiking. I don’t need (have time for) yoga added into my fitness routine.”
I suggest they think of yoga as something completely different than the exercise they enjoy. Yes, yoga can be very physically active and challenging. If that’s what you want from it? Wonderful!
But, yoga can also be:
Yoga can gently help us become more flexible.
Better maintain our balance.
Enjoy more restful sleep.
Yoga helps us know, and love, ourselves better.
And, I don’t know who doesn’t benefit from that?!
No matter where you are on your journey with yoga, I hope you remain curious. Continue your exploration. And enjoy it every single day.
Here’s to each one of us expanding the narrative of yoga so that more may delight in its benefits,
~ m ♥️
P.S. Creativity and Cocktails on Monday was SO MUCH FUN!
Truly? A dream day for me!
Funny that Theresa and I were enjoying it all so much, neither of us took a single photo. Whoops! Guess that means we’ll have to do it again. 😉