January 02, 2012

A New Year - Gifting Yourself (Part 1)

Hello Friends!

I have missed sharing with you these past few weeks - I sincerely hope that you enjoyed the holiday season and were able to spend time with family, friends and loved ones.
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This week, I am sharing a couple of more personal posts with you.  It wasn't really planned, but I have been really inspired over the past few days, and I hope that I can share just a *little bit* of that inspiration with you.

In the few days after Christmas I found myself in a bit of a personal slump.  I'm not sure why, but I was feeling really down and totally unmotivated.  This went on for a couple of days, and then, without realizing what I needed, it came to me anyway (don't these things just sort of have a way of happening?!)

I really needed to get out of the house, and my sister-in-law mentioned that she was heading to a yoga class.  Without thinking too much, I just put on my gear and WENT.

I came home a changed person.  That hour and a half of focus, time to myself, calm and clarity was EXACTLY what I needed.  Heading into the yoga studio, I was so rushed and stressed, I think it probably took me at least an hour to become calm and peaceful.   When I left, I couldn't believe how much my whole perspective had changed.

Think about participating in a yoga practice.

Even if you have never tried yoga before - give it a chance.  Previously when telling people that I have really enjoyed yoga, there are a few common responses that I receive back.

1) I'm not flexible enough for yoga.  
My response: I am so not flexible.  I'm a runner.  My muscles are so tight I can barely move sometimes.  You don't have to be flexible, you just have to be willing to try.

2) Yoga is expensive.
My response:  Yes, it can be.  If you think about it though, you really don't need any "gear" other than a mat and H20, you can take advantage of monthly passes and other types of discounts, and many yoga studios offer "energy exchange" where you can practice yoga for free in exchange for volunteer work.  Plus it's an investment in your mind, body and spirit.

Wow, maybe I should have tried to get a yoga studio to sponsor this post :)

In the past few months, I have been going out one night a week for time to "myself" but have found myself running errands and doing other things that "need" to be done, rather than actually spend focused quality time to myself.

My commitment to myself (I like to call it this, instead of a resolution) is to go to a yoga class once a week. I can focus, find a calm space, and JUST BE.

Your commitment doesn't have to be about yoga, but it should be about focusing on YOURSELF.

1 comment:

  1. I converted an unused room in my house into a yoga room and found great free yoga videos on the Internet ... I have done yoga on and off for 20 years ... Ack, that's a lot of years! Anyway, my schedule has been too wacky to join a class, but I am going to try it at home on my own. I love my new space.... I think we all need a corner or a room where we can take a little mommy "time out" once in a while.