It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Save Mum’s Sanity Yoga a day challenge here on the blog. I’ve found the quick Facebook update as something pops into my head has been the best way to share what’s been happening, but even that’s been sporadic. But the main thing is that the challenge is still on! As those who have been reading here for awhile know, I tend to start things with the best of blogging intentions but they don’t always continue. So even though alot of my yoga a day has been happening ‘off blog’ rest assured it is happening and in a bold statement, which also sounds incredibly cliched, it may just be changing my life.
A spur of the moment New Years Resolution has morphed into one of the favourite parts of my day. A little snippet of me-time where I can breathe and centre and reflect with gratitude on my life. In the early days I chastised myself for not being more organised and taking a ‘before’ photo in readiness for an ‘after’ photo at the end of the year which would hopefully illustrate how doing yoga each day had transformed me. But as the weeks turn into months the biggest transformation I’m finding is not a physical one, but a mental and emotional one. With each passing day I feel a growing sense of clarity and calmness around who I am and all the good that’s in my life. The inner voice who used to spend so much time chastising is mellowing and even allows itself a kind and encouraging word for me, which was an unheard of prospect before. The kindness to myself means I am calmer to my children and feel like I have alot more space and time to just be in the moment with them appreciating the small things.
I also believe it’s played a big part in mending what was broken in my marriage and bringing us closer again. A man who will meditate alongside you and join you in loving with an open and honest heart is a keeper. If the chaos and unhappiness of last year has taught me anything it’s to stand up and claim your happiness and let it unfold as it’s meant to unfold.
My hope is that I don’t come across as preachy when I talk about how yoga is helping me. It’s something I’ve discovered that helps me make sense of my world and brings me alot of joy. Yours might be prayer, running, cross stitch or any number of hobbies or interests. I just feel it’s nice to talk about yoga as a part of the everyday so if anyone out there in Internet land wants to give it a go, they can see that it’s not daunting and you don’t have to be ultra flexible or have a knowledge of sanskrit chants. You just have to get a yoga mat, unroll it at a class or in front of a computer of TV screen and give it a go.
As you might have seen on Facebook, throughout June I’m doing a 30 day yoga challenge with DoYouYoga.com – it’s free and the classes are just 10-20 minutes in length. It’s a great way to dip your toes in the yoga water and there’s around 5,000 yogis taking part throughout the world so it’s nice to be doing it alongside so many other people. If you’re interested, check it out here.
If you’re following along at home, I’d love to hear from you. My next post will be about how I’ve established an at home yoga practice that works for me (it sometimes involved dodging wayward toys and children!).