Keeping calm

I’ve been practicing yoga now for almost 10 years. All of the principles that you learn in class such as movement with breath, keeping calm, clearing your thoughts, keeping your body and your face relaxed while attempting challenging poses can be used to face daily life as well. However, I recently realized that keeping calm while facing adversity is a lot more challenging than it seems in yoga class. After the challenge has passed, I realize that had I continued to stay positive and use the yoga principles, the challenge would’ve been embraced. Instead the challenge often cripples me to my core. I want to say that next time, I will be ready for whatever life throws at me. However, all I can say is that I will keep practicing what I learn in yoga in hopes of staying grounded when the next challenge comes.

Today is a beautiful day despite it’s inhibitions and I have faith that it will be the best day of my life. Just like every other day.

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A time to slow down

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”-Mahatma Gandhi

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I used to see the winter time as a negative aspect of living in a region with four seasons. While I was growing up, I used to crave the warmth and the smell of the palm trees. My skin craved the sunshine. I used to see the winter as a force that kept me from being on the go and living my life. This changed after I lived in Europe and learned the rituals and rhythms of the four seasons. Winter is a time to reflect, find introspection. Winter is a time to take a step back and look at ourselves and the life that we have built. Winter is a time to stay indoors and feel inspired by the cold air touching our faces. It’s a time to create and spend time with the ones you love doing absolutely nothing. It’s a time to regroup. It’s a time to slow down.

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Winter is a time for a different type of expression. Each season has its own beauty. We must find that and revel in it.

 

My Cluttered Mind

As the days pass and the years go by, the one constant is my cluttered mind. Thoughts overwhelm my brain, so much so that success, goals, and dreams are not realized. The beauty of the present moment is a gift that often slips through my fingers. My cluttered mind has destroyed relationships and resulted in broken dreams. The older I become, the more I realize that in order to live freely, I must channel my cluttered mind into something. When I was younger, this outlet was gymnastics. After this time in my life ended, I went from one outlet to the next, struggling to find something to maintain my balance. This year will be different. The constant chaos of one thing to the next has finally slowed down for me to realize that my outlet is to create. To create a blog post, to create a new workflow, to create a beautiful dance of yoga poses. My hope is that I continue down the path of creating and my cluttered mind continues to be silent.

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I encourage you-wherever you are to find your outlet and create. You will begin to see positive changes in your life and your cluttered mind, if you’re like me and you have one.

Embracing positivity

My soul is rebellious. I tend to shy away from the norm despite the many cities and countries that I’ve lived. With this rebellious nature comes a sense of judgement for the common culture. A negative attitude that faces the things I can’t understand. My heart was telling me that I needed to make some changes in my life. However, with the coming new year and the ideal of resolutions, my mind told me no. Despite the torment between my mind and my soul, I made a change today. I went to yoga class to try and learn ways to stifle the stress and the hate in the world in which we live. You see, I know I can access the creativity that lies dormant within me. The first step is to manage the stress, the ache in my chest when life becomes too much.

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In class today, the yoga instructor told us that this one decision to practice ripples to the people around us. In this sense, our inner well-being affects everyone. My choice for the month of January is to embrace positivity. I know that the first step to awaken the dormant person inside of me is to allow no negative words to come from my lips.