Posted by: Mary | March 16, 2010

Leaving the past behind

Yesterday I was thinking about a few of the posts I’ve written since I started this blog. A theme occurred to me: Living in the past. I wrote about how I never imagined I’d do certain yoga poses or do this or that or the other. Well, I have and now I think it’s time to move on and leave the past behind.

Why is this relevant to my yoga journey? Well, through yoga I’ve learned I am capable of anything if I believe in myself and trust in the universe. Maybe that sounds flaky and maybe it is flaky, but it’s the truth. I think there is a quote: “What the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve.” My karate sensei used to say that. And, it’s true. If you believe that you can’t do anything, you are right and if you believe you can do anything, you’re right. I choose to believe the latter. Read More…

Posted by: Mary | March 14, 2010

Breathe more, struggle less

Today’s yoga class was just a whole lot of fun. It was hot and sweaty as usual, but in some ways it was like being a little kid playing during recess. Yoga doesn’t have to be hard. Actually, it is what you make it. Some days it’s easy when I think it is going to be hard. The days I think will be easy are tough. And, the days I go in with no expectations usually are the best. That was class today.

I ate lunch late, a no-no in my book before yoga. I was so hungry I was ready to eat the entire fridge. So, of course by the time I got to class I felt a little too full. And, before I ate my huge lunch I was starting to feel shaky. I’d waited too long today to fuel my body. I was assuming that class might be a challenge, but I didn’t think much about it. Read More…

Posted by: Mary | March 10, 2010

Father knows best: Go to yoga class

My dad used to be a runner. At 82, he is still in pretty good shape. But, he used to run every night regardless of the weather, blazing hot or frigid cold he would run along Lake Michigan enduring the elements and pushing himself. Since I’ve kicked up my yoga practice he has taken a real interest in my yoga, I think because he sees the positive changes in me.

My dad and I, we talk a lot and he always wants to know: “When is yoga class?” “How was yoga class?” Some days – as much as I love yoga – I just don’t feel like going. When I tell him I feel worn out or I’m not feeling it and may not go, he always tells me: “That’s when you need it most.” Read More…

I was having a pretty good day today. It started off kind of slow but I started this blog, did some job searching and applied for a few jobs. Seemed to be going well. Then I took the time to read my most recent unemployment notice.

I’ve been out of work a year now and I have a new claim going through. Don’t ask me to explain it, it’s too damn confusing. Well, I read it quick the other day and what I didn’t see was the part telling me that I really shouldn’t get anymore unemployment because I haven’t earned enough money during this period. Now, I’m not the brightest bulb, but the reason I need unemployment is because I can’t find a job. Not because I have one. Government bureaucracy is just ridiculous.

I read this notice right before I was supposed to leave to go to yoga. I get to class early and open the studio for my teacher, also a great friend, to help her out and in return she is helping me out with classes. Without yoga through this unemployment I’m certain I’d be in a much different place. Read More…

Posted by: Mary | March 8, 2010

Yoga makes me better

I’ve started blogs before and I could never maintain them. But, I realized I was trying to write about stuff that was making it more like work and less fun. And, for me yoga is fun. I’ve been doing Baptiste yoga religiously now for more than a year. I love it! It’s a vinyasa flow and it is intense. I remember the first time I tried it, I had no idea how the students kept up with the flow. After that first class I wasn’t sure I would go back, but something told me I should.

I started going to class about once a week. Sometimes I’d leave my house feeling like there was no way I was going to make it through the entire class. At the end of the class I felt so calm and happy and amazed that I had made it through the class. I kept going, but really wasn’t committing a lot of time, partly because I was working and it was hard to fit it in during the week.

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