I hope you all are staying warm and toasty. It’s CHILLY here. And by chilly I mean with the wind chill it feels like -10! Yikes.
As you might already know, I have lots of “goals” set for myself during this new year/new me phase. One of those goals has been to include yoga into my fitness practice more. I’ve always overlooked it and thought I “never had time” for it. I’ve dabbled with a few yoga DVDs here and there. I knew the importance of meditation and yoga practice for my health and wellness, but for some reason that never sunk in.
It wasn’t until I started reading more about it and watching those around me reap the benefits of a continuous yoga practice–> Ease of mind, flexibility, stretching and strength.
I decided to start practicing yoga more on a weekly basis for the past few weeks. I’ve been going to beginner classes, hot yoga classes, Vinyasa and Core Vinyasa classes. I love them all.I’m stretching out and strengthening muscles I never knew I had and giving my mind a break from the rush of reality.
However, yoga’s beginning to teach me so much more than how to do a crow pose or a proper down dog. Yoga is slowly teaching me a lot more about one of life’s most important skills… communication.
I’ll admit it. I’m guilty of getting caught up in the rush of life. Running all over, completing projects, finishing tasks, sometimes it’s hard enough to listen to my own thoughts let alone someone else’s. But that’s where our downfalls begin to lie.
If we’re not taking the time to actively LISTEN and be IN THE MOMENT when someone is talking to us, then we have not fulfilled our duty as human beings. We were born with the ability to show love and affection, nurture, talk, listen and heal.
Yoga is teaching me to BE IN THAT MOMENT. To breathe in life and let out anxiety. To pause my own thoughts and listen to those around me.
We all want and need someone who is able to open their heart and ears to our thoughts. Great problems get solved by great communication. Great ideas become reality by great communication. Great relationships thrive by great communication.
Yoga is teaching me that great communication DOESN’T mean just talking.. it equally and MORE IMPORTANTLY means listening. Being IN the moment for not only others, but for yourself as well.
Listening to life is much more pleasant than letting it rush by.
Have a blessed day!