Do you reach for things that inspire wellness and preventative health? An afternoon run, moments away from a screen, a glass of green juice, a short meditation, fresh air...?
Yoga has had a huge influence on transforming my life. When I first started practicing and taking classes, I had no idea I would enjoy it to the extend that I do know. To say I "enjoy" yoga is to say that I think ice cream is "okay", rather yoga is an essential part of my life (like ice cream). But in all seriousness, I honestly had no idea yoga would bring me into a world of self-discovery, vitality, and equip me with the allowance to experience a deep level of happiness that's very difficult to describe. All of this may sound or feel very "hookie" or "woo-woo" to you, and I know exactly what you mean, trust me, and it may seem that way at times, but...if you can just "let the hookie be" and continue down the path, there will be a point where the hookie does you some good...a path toward preventative health.
Preventative health is a quest and a life-long journey that changes as we grow. With patience, attention and awareness (side-effect teachings of yoga), we can start to create big changes. Even small changes can be hugely transformative, but then something happens down the road: all the small changes manifest into a bigger one.
I know yoga is the main reason I've seen transformations in my health and personal life. This year has been pivotal in recognizing change. It's been almost four years since I had sharp and consistent low back pain. I can't remember the last time I was home sick with a cold or virus (besides allergies, knock on wood!)....and....for the first time in seven years, my debilitating allergies, migraines and sinus infections have been without a trace. There is something else I've been doing in combination with yoga that I believe has helped get rid of my allergies (more on that in a future post.....!)
The body is an amazing organism, but more importantly the relationship we can develop between our mind and our breath can create an infinite capacity for absolutely anything that you want.
There is a part of us that can grow and become more expansive than we've ever imagined possible. There is a way to get there, and it may be simpler than you think.
What is yoga? It's you - it's whatever makes you want to take a deeper breath.
Hello, I'm Julie.
One of the many things yoga taught me was empowerment...and I hope to share that with you here.
Bring wisdom, nourishment and a deeper connection to all aspects of your life.