The word ‘Yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit root word ‘Yug,’ meaning ‘to join” or ‘to unite.” Yoga can be spiritual and meditative. By focusing on the harmony between your mind and body, you can deepen your practice and learn to free your mind to create a connection to your deeper self or a higher power.
This was the reason many years ago I wanted to try yoga. I needed to calm my monkey brain. Once I sat on my mat, I was hooked. I believe it was as much of the feeling it gave me while being completely present and focusing on my breath as it was to my first yoga instructor. Her name is Linda, and we are still dear friends to this day. She has the most amazing spirit, and I immediately wanted to be around her spiritual energy.
My first class was in an open area of a gymnastics studio where my girls took classes. The location didn’t matter it was all about the sound of Linda’s voice and what she was guiding me through. I was able to let my mind clear, breath in positive energy, self-love, and exhale stress, tension, and self-doubt. My practice not only brought the calming quality to my life I so desired but offered me a place I could go to physically or mentally when life was crazy. I didn’t even have to be on my mat to reap the benefits. Each time I sat on my mat an entirely different world opened up to me. In the beginning, I had no idea what that meant for my future.
I practiced religiously for many years, venturing to other classes and teachers. One I had been studying under suggested I become a yoga instructor. I had never considered it, my practice was mine. Something dear to me that brought me inner joy and peace. To be completely honest I wasn’t sure I was even good enough to guide anyone else. After some thought and lots of encouragement and guidance from my mentors, I started teaching. The gift I received from the men, women, and children I guide is once again something I never imagined. Not only have I made lifelong friends, I continuously have people tell me how I have made a difference in their lives in one way or another.
The feeling I get from my personal practice is amazing. It has changed my life in ways that are hard to explain, but when you are able to serve others, the rewards are truly divine. I think Linda was a gift given to me, and I now am able to pass my gift to others.
May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise, and love. It is there for each and every one of us.
May The Spirit Within Me Recognize And Honor The Spirit Within Each And Every One Of You.