I’ve been struggling a bit recently with getting to yoga class. When I do, I immediately feel a million times better, and I always wonder why I’m not at the studio every day. Since I am human, and this blog is an opportunity for us to be wholly honest about our relationship with the practice, I wanted to share my daily yoga inspiration – a few items that I am pinning onto my corkboard at home, to remind me that no matter my schedule, no matter my excuses, it is ALWAYS worthwhile to step out the door and get to class.
- My buzzing mind
- I’ve written before about stress, stress-reduction, meditation, and the pursuit of happiness through yoga. The reason this is a constant theme in my writing is because it is the top reason I go to class. We have so much going on in our lives – especially in a city as buzzing and beautifully vibrant as Austin – and it can be hard to switch off. Yoga plays an enormous role in allowing me to escape the pressures and expectations of daily life.
- My granddad
- My grandfather was one of the most brilliant men I have ever known. He was kind, generous, a good father, and an inspiration to every person he met. Unfortunately, as he aged, he started to lose his memory, certain skills, his personality. I know that yoga is not a miracle drug, and it won’t protect me from old age, but I need it to become a big enough part of my life that when I’m older, I don’t have to worry about whether or not I fought hard enough to keep my mind and body sharp.
- My waistline
- If we’re getting really personal here, I’m not too happy with the way my body’s been feeling recently. When I’m stressed, I stay home and drink wine and munch on snacks, and certainly do not get out to exercise, even though being active is the one thing that makes me feel better. It’s time to get out of my head, and push myself past the “easy fix” of Malbec and kettle corn (yes, I’m a walking cliché), and truly dedicate myself to taking care of my body.
How about you, dear readers? What is your daily yoga inspiration? Share your thoughts, and let me know — I’ll add it to my corkboard!