Monday, October 5, 2009

It's All About the Practice

I've done yoga more than a few times. I'm far from great at it, but I can stay fairly still in various poses for a good amount of time. In truth, I really don't like yoga all that much. I'm not flexible enough, I huff and puff the whole time despite being completely still, and spend 75% of the practice trying to squeeze my cheeks tight enough to stifle a poot.

I do, however, love the way I feel after. It's always been very difficult for me to try and "let go" as they ask for you to do at the beginning of the practice. Lately, it seems darn near impossible. Yet, by the time it's over, after I've suffered through about 15 annoying poses, I seem to be completely soothed. Somehow, when I wasn't paying attention, all my stresses seemed to dissolve and I face the day feeling so much lighter. It truly is peaceful.

It's been a little while since I've given it a try. It's also been a little while since I've had that sense of calmness that I so need in my life right now. Perhaps I'll have to pull up a mat soon, take a few deep breaths, and succumb to the practice. After all, practice makes perfect, right?

Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured. ~B.K.S. Iyengar

The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants aren't enough. ~Amy Weintraub

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