Health & Nutrition, Lifestyle, Spirituality, Uncategorized, Yoga

I am not the person I am today because I took the easy path.

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I love my Ashtanga Yoga Practice. It is challenging and rewarding all at the same time. Last month I was having a tug of war with my practice. I felt like it was becoming too demanding. Taking up my mornings and afternoons sometimes because I would need to nap afterwards. I decided to take a week off to see what it would feel like. It was great, I felt like I had my life back. I could wake up and read, write or keep sleeping ๐Ÿ˜ด I was not being controlled by the need to practice. But… I also found myself needing that structure. Needing daily movement of the body. I honored my decision to take a break. And the following week, when I got on my mat… I fell back in love with my practice. I was SO happy to be on my mat. I was happy to have my practice back. Every posture was done with an extra skip in my step. It was in pulling away that I was able to see how much I love my practice. Demanding or not.

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This practice was made to build you up and break you down. Just when youโ€™ve gotten comfortable in your last posture and youโ€™re feeling like a rock star, you get a new one (or a few, in my case ๐Ÿ˜†) and your are automatically humbled. I got moved all the way to Pincha Mayurasana yesterday.

Here I am trying a newly added posture for the second time. Titibasana A, B, & C aka Firefly Pose… it is no joke… this is all considered one pose. My legs were on ๐Ÿ”ฅ after walking forward and back in B, engaging muscles Iโ€™ve never engaged before. It took all my will power to not collapse on C (the last one) using dristhi (focal point) in order to stay focused and concentrate on the task at hand. I know these postures seem crazy and circus like, but they really do help build focus and concentration in uncomfortable situations. This practice helps you break down the barriers you’ve created surrounding your heart. With each wall that crumbles, you get closer and closer to your true Self. I am so grateful for my practice and my teacher Maureen Dinkins @maureendinkins/IG ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒˆโ™ฅ๏ธโœจ Thank you for pushing me and seeing my full potential as a yogi and for all the love and support ๐Ÿ˜˜

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