January was a long cold snowy month here in Chicago, it came with ups, downs, brightness and darkness. Its time like this I’m every so grateful for my yoga, it’s something I can count on anytime and anyplace, its non-dependent natures elements. I usually switch to running in the colder
months, as biking in the winter does not agree with my body, unless it’s at my indoor cycling class. But this year winter has arrived and not looking to let up any sooner than expected. I began graduate school the first week of January, after graduating in November with my BSN, that quick turn around was stressful enough. That coupled with the limited time I was able to spend out in nature, I could feel my spirits and my body shifting into a not so happy place.
Each day I lay out my mat, sit for grounding meditation, and after setting an intention I give full awareness to my body and breathe as I move into my asana practice. I’m often asked as a teacher of yoga do I create sequences for yoga classes; in my personal practice, never, I simply listen to what my body is asking for and honor that. When teaching a class I have a mental sequence developed, but mainly listen to what each student is asking for, via the energy and breathe movement they feed me with. Private students and workshops are the only time I create specific yoga sequences, and that’s because they’re classes that are specific and unique to the student/s. Even in those situations I listen to what energy is being given to me from them.
Yoga is the best non medicine, medicine I can give myself and others……..it provides a decrease in stress, awareness of self, mind, body, spirit and it strengthens not only the immune system, but musculoskeletal system
as well. More than anything I enjoy my personal practice time, it keeps me balanced and aware, providing me with clarity and creativity. I can only hope the February the shortest month of the year is not as long, snowy and cold as its predecessor. But if not I’m more than ready with my meditation and yoga practice to keep me healthy and
balanced, mind, body and spirit!!
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