Last month our little family underwent a tragedy. We lost a piece of our soul when Ippo had to be set free from this worlds constraints due to an illness that spread too quickly and too aggressively to even fully diagnose at her age and with how swiftly it overtook her tiny body. For the last two months life has been frozen with her illness and my grief. The healing process has been slow to say the least. This letting go has been a difficult road.
Bringing myself back to daily meditation has been healing and enlightening. And my inner self is finding its way through the sadness and is reminded of the understanding of the circle of life and all it encompasses. My soul is healing.
But my body, that is another story lol. I haven’t been moving. No walking, running, hiking, and no YOGA. Eeeek, what’s wrong with me??? Those are all things that I love and not only that, they are the very things I KNOW helps to heal whatever ails ya! In two months I’ve stopped working out, gained weight and think I lost my damn mind in the process too lol! The last two weeks I started getting back into training. I mean geez, I have a half marathon coming up after the New Year, I need to get back at it!
And then this morning….
“Hello yoga my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Within the sound of silence (meditation)!”
As the sun was crashing through the living room, I pulled the mat out and began Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation). And my body came alive, woke up. A re-awakening that was long overdue and much needed. I can’t even begin to tell you what yoga has done for me since I began practicing.
More flexibility (even with my walk/run/walk)
Wards off osteoporosis and helps strengthen cartilage
Lightens your mood and aids in mental focus
Relaxes the mind and nightly yoga practice and stretches aid with sleep
Aids with ease of blood flow and better breathing
Helps you lose weight and gives your metabolism a boost
Gives you a better image of self awareness which overall helps self esteem
Strengthens hip flexors which is vital to runners and as you age
Makes you want to move your body more because of the endorphins
May produce GABA in the thalamus which reduces anxiety
And this is just a portion of the benefits are of adding yoga practice into your daily routine. Oh and did I mention it actually helps my meditation. I am more relaxed in mind and body to allow myself to be still longer and more effectively. ‘
I’m grateful for both meditation and yoga in my life. It simply makes life better for me in many ways. Yoga touches every aspect of my life, much like meditation does. Try it, I promise you won’t regret it!
I’ve found my way again