Winter is approaching; I can tell by the tingling pain that runs through my tibial fracture lines when I lie down at night; by the way I get dressed IN bed because it is too cold to leave my snuggly nest and coordinate an outfit in the cold; by the fact that Woolworths tights are mandatory beneath any pair of pants I wear, in the same way that their thermal heat-generating vests occupy an entire shelf in my cupboard. I simply cannot work without some fluffly blanket wrapped around me and I am ever-searching for a spot in the sun, even for five minutes to inject me with that beautiful mood-lifting Vitamin D. To tickle my skin just for a while with delicious warmth.
This morning I attended a 90-minute Bikhram yoga class at yoga spirit in Constantia. Nothing compares to the journey your mind, body and soul experience in this kind of class. This month marks my one-year anniversary with Yoga. In my 28 (almost 29) years on earth, I have not encountered anything more life-changing than Yoga. And this statement comes from a psychological counselor who has read and studied all kinds of therapy, witnessed a fair share of suffering and explored the brain, chemistry and mindfulness for as long as I can remember.
I am so passionate about Yoga that I am able to say, subjectively, that it is one of the most effective antidotes for anxiety, pre-occupation with the ego, stress, insomnia, listlessness, emotional blockages and depression. It does involve a degree of commitment, patience and open-mindedness but the benefits far outweigh those initial stumbling blocks. Hell, I hated my first yoga session! I was about to pass out and thought I was seeing stars. Everyone around me appeared to be seasoned yoginis laughing through the ease of each pose, and I was staggering just to reach downward dog without falling flat on my face.
Patience. Perseverance. Playfulness. Yoga is about being kind to yourself.
I will never forget what my instructor said in the first week of my practice. She has this gentle, lullaby-like way of speaking and she softly suggested, while we lay in savasana… “It is my promise to you that if you are able to attend four days of yoga a week, your life will change dramatically, and that is a guarantee.”
I held onto those words, I committed. True to her statement, unexpected gifts, people and events started flooding into my life experience. More importantly, I started to really know myself, in the most vulnerable, raw, honest sense of the word.
My favourite yoga quotes stand out as these because they resonate deeply with me:
“Yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s about what you learn on the way down.” - Judith Lasate
“When an individual has achieved complete understanding of her true self, she will no longer be disturbed by the distracting influences within and around her.” - The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
“It doesn’t matter if things aren’t perfect, my practice is my time to feel alive, loved and free.”
“All problems are illusions of the mind.” – Eckhart Tolle
“Be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe. No less than the tress and the stars. In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.”
- Max Ehrmann
“First you feel like you are dying. Then you feel like you are reborn.”
“The moment you’re ready to give up is usually the moment before the miracle happens. Don’t give up.”
“Yoga is a powerful vehicle for change. As you build strength, you start to believe in your own potential.”
“Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter your flame.” – B.K.S Iyengar
“Bikram yoga is the first time you start loving youself, because it is the first time you start seeing yourself.” - Rajashee Choudhury
“That’s exactly how it is in Yoga. The places where you have the most resistance are actually the places that are going to be the areas of the greatest liberation.” - Rodney Yee
Sending you warmth, love and light xxx
I hope you fall in love
With someone who always texts back and never lets
You fall asleep thinking you’re
I hope you fall in love with someone
Who holds your hand during the scary parts of
Horror movies and burns
Cookies with you when you’re
Too busy dancing around the
I hope you fall in love with
Someone who sees galaxies in your eyes
And hears music in your
I hope you fall in love with someone who
Tickles you and makes you smile
On hard days and on easy
But beyond all that I hope
You fall in love with someone
Who will never leave you behind
And who will never take you
For granted, someone who
Will stand by you when you’re
Right and stand by you
When you’re wrong,
Someone who has seen you at your worst
And has loved you
I hope you fall in love
With someone who
Kisses you in the rain
And hugs you in the cold and
Wouldn’t have you any other
Wouldn’t It Be Wonderful, l.h.k. (via ive-been-john-watsoned)
My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage.
Alice Hoffman (via emotional-algebra)
Just as we cannot live without water, so are joy and peace essential for our inner fulfillment. We may not even be aware that we are searching for something. It manifests only in our restlessness as we move from here to there, trying out different friends, different ideas, different jobs, different countries. Whatever we attempt is a reflection of our inner thirst, which we hope to quench in all these external ways. What we are looking for lies within us, and if we gave out time and energy to an interior search, we would come across it much faster, since that is the only place where it is to be found.
Ayya Khema, “Thirsting for Enlightenment” (via purplebuddhaproject)
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