The other day when I was reading over my blog and looking at the bucket list I created, I realized I had completed some of my bucket list items. One of those was trying yoga for 3 months. I am not really sure where the 3 months came from but either way – I did it!

When I moved back to Florida I joined an 8 week beginner course. I have a very dear friend that attended this course quite some time ago and it seemed like a good place to start. I was not always great about going. In fact, I think I missed 2 of the 8 weeks. I still gained a lot from the time I was there. I then took a few weeks off, and joined another session on posture. I missed time from that one too. Sad, but true.

Now I can say that I have tried yoga. So? What is the point of trying something if you don’t know what you gained?

I know what I gained. Yoga is amazing and I wish I was just a bit more disciplined in life right now to maintain it. The classes I attended all centered on being the core of who you are and using your body in the proper ways. So many people say “oh yoga, you mean western stretching?” It is not just stretching! You do stretch, you do exercises – not for weight loss – but you challenge your body.

What’s more is that you challenge your mind and spirit and connect to yourself, and others, in a way that feels so right that it is indescribable. Yoga is practiced to center your mind and body, align your chakra’s (of which there are 7 i believe), and the ultimate goal is the meditation. (For the life of me I can not think of the word used in class but I like it better than “meditation”).

From my short but wonderful experience in yoga, I learned quite a bit. There is a different way to listen to your body. There is a way to truly release all of the stress and tension that can build upon you in your day to day life. Yoga for me, taught me that there is peace to be had for those who want it and are willing to take it. Yoga doesn’t take much time, any money really, only dedication.

This is the meaning of Namaste as taught to me in class

I honor the place in you in which the entire universe resides. I honor the place in you, which is Love, Truth, Light and Peace. When you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, WE ARE ONE.

Namaste everyone.

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