is what I am… I remember sitting on my room as a teenager dreaming about the future. I was gonna live in a house with a porch and a big yard with trees. Slowly but surely I’ve come to match my life to the dreams I’ve had as a kid. My dreams are coming true! I love days like these where I sit and take it all in. I’m the kind of person that is always wanting more, always pushing, so much discipline and drive. Which on paper sounds great! In practice I’ve realized it can also take appreciation out of life. I always strive for more. But sitting on my back porch today I realized how far I’ve already come, at just 25. I know I’m no millionaire, or scientist or anything brilliant. But my life is perfect.
I’ve always been a dreamer. A bit quiet most of the time, but always have gotten along with everyone. I remember a trip to the usa I took with my parents and sister, from Arizona, to Nevada, to California. One day, I thought, one day I will have my own car and drive these roads myself! I will have a house here with a porch and rocking chairs and some dogs. And here I am, I thought today, the dogs running around playing and me sitting here with a book, listening to the wind move the trees. I slowly saw the sun set behind them and went inside.
Doing yoga for the past month has really helped me to just take a moment out of the day to not be doing something. To just tell my brain to shut up and shut down for a little while. I love it! It makes me realize that the giant to do list I keep in my mind is really not all that important. It’s good to completely relax every now and then. I’m loving this simple country life, as long as there’s food on the table and smiles on everyone’s faces, life is good. I never looked at things that way before.
I’ve also learned to not compare my life to anyone elses. Each person has their own goals and beliefs, there’s always going to be someone smarter, funnier, prettier, and more successful than you. Everyone has their own journey. And I’m loving mine.
so before today I had only ever sorta taken half a yoga class. In highschool me and my friends went on a visitors pass and took a class. But because of our constant giggling we left half way through.
In these last few weeks I’ve been wondering if I had been doing the poses right, or was I pushing to hard? I really don’t have a clue.. I looked around here in cullman if there was a place were yoga classes were given. To my surprise there was! “Santosha yoga,” is the name of the studio. I checked times this morning and there was a class at 9:30 that I could make. I quickly signed up, grabbed my May and headed out the door. I didn’t know what to expect. I came in and was greeted by the instructor, everyone waved hello and seemed friendly.
I rolled out my mat and we sat down. We immediately started. I’m guessing it wasn’t 10 minutes into the class and my arms were already burning and I was working up a sweat. To my surprise I kept up with the class pretty good on most poses. My balance is something I’m proud of, but as for my flexibility I have a loooong way to go. We did this one pose where we spread out legs wide and had to fold our chest to the ground. Everyone was close to nose to the ground while I was still sitting straight up! That was as fat as I could go.
We did another pose called bird in paradise, I was a little lost at first, but after watching I did a motivated version of it. So proud of myself!
I was mostly surprised by the effect of the breathing aspect of it. Doing yoga at home I hadn’t really paid much attention to that. I’d watched a video here and there, but usually while watching tv and I would just kinda follow along with the poses but didn’t listen to the instructor in the video.
I had seen child’s pose before, looking up new poses to do. But it looked boring to me, just laying my head on the ground with my knees tucked in. But today doing child’s pose and taking deep breaths I finally understood the sensation of feeling the energy going through your body. I could feel the breath opening up my ribs and could feel the nerves in my neck all the way down my spine.
I recommend everyone that’s a new by to yoga like me, to take a class. It sure benefit me and helped me in continuing my practice