Feeling Fluid

Moving with greater awareness of my breath as I walk, read, drive, fall asleep, whatever.  Meditating daily.  Hitting my yoga mat a solid 6 days a week.  I’m feeling a shift and it’s more than physical.  In many ways it’s like I have a new relationship with myself, and the key to keeping this relationship healthy is communicating with my body.  Listening to where it feels open and how can I find even more lightness.  Equally, listening to the aches and finding solutions.

Often I wonder what my life would be like without yoga.  What would I feel like?  Would I have poor posture?  Would my attitude towards others and presence in life be different?  Would I be just as happy as I am today?

I have these same thoughts of wonderment when I get my monthly massage.  The kinks, knots, toxins and tension don’t dissolve without some loving assistance.  If I didn’t listen to my body and take the time to address them , would I just get use to feeling continually tight and achy?  Would living with a sense of being weighed down be the norm?

I now realize that not being aware of the importance of moving and breathing is a key factor in how many people become so disconnected with their bodies.  As a yoga teacher I have worked with students who act as if just a little movement and bodily sensation is awkward for them.  It’s as if they are moving their bodies for the first time since they were 5 years old.

I feel lucky to have yoga in my life.  It keeps me centered and grounded.  At the same time, it keeps me strong and flexible.  I have great posture — both standing on my feet as well as my hands 🙂  And though I’ve been practicing yoga for over 15 years, it’s really in the last year or so I have discovered another entire level of myself.  Again, it’s like a new relationship and I’m still enjoying the flirtatious stage.

One response to this post.

  1. Great entry! We will definitely link to this on our FB, Twitter and blog. We just had a breast cancer survivor write a blog entry for us about how yoga helped her!



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