I’m keeping my yoga up over Christmas. Here’s why…
It’s probably, what? Six years? Maybe even 8 (yipes!) since I last practiced yoga. Why I stopped, or at least why I left it so long, I really don’t know.
Well, I do. Work. It kinda got in the way (it has a knack for that, right?). But it was really Work’s sneaky little sister, Stress, that was constantly holding me back. She was the very reason I should have made time for myself. Time for yoga.
A year ago, and on a much-needed Mexican break, It took me the whole two weeks – of doing absolutely nothing – to feel less physical tension in my mind and body. My body was wrought with tightness and I permanently felt as though I was wearing my shoulders as earrings. I don’t wear earrings. And I’m certainly not about to start wearing that kind! So I moved half a step towards doing something about it – noticing. Yet, I did very little else.
Twelve months on (and on something of a whim) I signed up to Movement for Modern Life, an online class portal. I thought I’d give the free trial a go, but my body had other plans. Given the time it’d been since I’d last practiced, I started with Kate Walker’s Stepping Stones to Practice – three 25 minute-long introductory sessions. I’m not going to say it was easy. It wasn’t! At least not for the first try of each of the sessions. But with every try, it did get easier and my body – not my mind – ‘asked’ to level up. I took my time, dutifully listening to my limbs, and I’m just about to complete the stepping stones sessions.
It’s been a month now and I’m practicing yoga one day, then running the next. I’ve always been a runner – sometimes more regularly than others, but it’s something I’ve done for my mind rather than body. Funny, then, how in my yoga practice, it’s my body that’s doing all the talking.
Yoga, in my own time, own living room, own space has been the BEST Christmas present I could ever have given to myself – without even knowing. My body feels strong, and this is a strength I haven’t feet in a long time. And because I feel strong, my running feels more disciplined, more finessed. I’m so excited about having signed up to Movement for Modern Life for another 12 months*. NEVER did I think I would be saying that I can’t wait for practice. Nor did I think it’d do it almost daily. Yet here I am. At a new beginning. One where I’ve committed to me. And to never again wear stress as an accessory.
*Nope, I wasn’t paid, or gifted products, to say any of this. It’s simply the way I feel. 100%.