We live in a world with information coming out of our ears. There is an infinite amount of health tips, life hacks and diet tricks out there right now. We often think large amounts of information can create clarity, but it's not true. Too much information leads to confusion and a baffled lack of clarity. Have you ever heard the phrase, "the more you learn, the more you realize you don't know."?
I've dabbled in the realm of yo-yo diets, weight-loss, weight-gain, exersicing consistently to being a couch-potato. What works? What will make me healthy and keep me there for the rest of my life?
I have the answers, or perhaps we should call them "fundamental guidelines". Answers don't solve problems unless the answer is directly applied to the situation. These answers are only guidelines until you choose to use them!
Urdhva Dhanurasana is one of my favorite asanas. As a child, I would often practice this in my ballet and dance classes. It was always so fun and energizing to push myself into the bridge and have my sister crawl through the tunnel. It wasn't until I started practicing yoga when I found out there was actually a Sanskrit name for it. I was excited that yoga had brought back such a fun childhood game!
Well, I certainly had lost much of my youthful strength. Perhaps it was the desk-job? Or just the laziness that sometimes comes with being an adult. In one of my very first yoga classes, when the teacher introduced the pose near the end of class, there was just no way I was even close to having the strength to push myself off the floor. I knew it wasn't going to happen, so I just went back to a bridge pose. Wheel was too advanced to pressure myself into any time soon, so I stayed away from it. After about two months of diligent yoga classes, when another instructor guided us from bridge to wheel, I had my first in-class surprise moment. To my absolute astonishment, my arms lifted me strong into what felt like a perfectly rounded Urdhva Dhanurasana. You should have seen the goofy upside-down smile on my face. As the instructor guided us down from the pose, I just had to power it for a few seconds longer. I had tasted the sweet juice of progress and accomplishment. I walked out of class the happiest I had been in a while.
Before resting on the 7th day, God decided to create one more thing...
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We work, we take care of our families (or help other important people in our lives), we take care of our pets, we cook, we clean, we run errands, we sleep, and then usually we get up and do it all over again.
This is the type of schedule many of us have, on a day-to-day basis. We are working hard and getting a lot done, but there is a very important peices missing. The missing piece usually gets unnoticed for a long time before it screams for attention. That part is, taking care of ourself! Mind. Body & Soul. We cannot give full love or devotion to others without first having it within.
Hello, I'm Julie.
One of the many things yoga taught me was empowerment...and I hope to share that with you here.
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