Yoga is a practice. One I began not too long ago, with the intention of getting into shape. Yet, the practice has brought about drastic changes in my everyday life both physical and especially mentally.
I am a married mother of two, a teacher and writer–the chaos of life builds up pretty quickly. My daughter is a cheerleader with games almost every day; my son is on the swim team and in the choir. This, coupled with my one hundred students; my daily routine left me mentally drained, often confused and all over the place with my daily duties. I would forget which child went where on which day, I had a ton of things overlapping in my head and I had trouble keeping up with everything. I was way too proud to get an organizer and found myself rushing to everything last minute.
Over summer break, I was able to calm down and bring normalcy to my life–I decided to try yoga. There was no real reason other than a banner in the studio’s window offering one week of free yoga for new yogis. I had always wanted to try yoga and felt that it was a perfect time, and the free week sweetened the deal for me. I could try it out, and if I didn’t like it; I never had to return.
When we hear the word “yoga,” we usually paint the mental picture of people standing on their heads, bodies contorted in weird ways, exhaustion and fatigue flooding our brains and bodies with the idea of the practice. On the contrary, when I got to class, I realized it was exactly opposite of what I believed it would be.
The instructors were extremely friendly, the environment was calming and serene. The heat was not overwhelming, and there was a lot of time for self-reflection and connectivity. I felt a mental connection to my mind and body. Over the week, I knew that I had to continue my practice. Here are the five life lessons from yoga that changed my life.
1. You are not perfect; it’s okay to fail at some things.
Nobody is great at everything. We all have to be taught to do things. We’re shown how to do something; then we practice to become better at whatever it is we practice. For me, this meant that sometimes I would mess up the schedule or forget where someone went, but with practice and patience, I forgot less and remembered more. Yoga is a practice, surely I wasn’t able to get into a handstand on my first day, but with practice, muscle memory and determination, I was finally able to get there. In life, there will be things we don’t get right away, but if we practice and don’t give up, the hard thing becomes easier. Continue reading >>