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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Food for Thought


A little less than a year ago, I took my first yoga class. I was in Hawaii over winter break and thought it would be a good way to break up my sloth-like vacation routine of eat/beach/read/eat/shop/eat/repeat. At the time, I didn't really have a fixed workout routine, other than going on long, meandering runs a few times a week, which was getting old pretty fast. And so, I wandered into the yoga studio straight off the beach, sun-soaked, a little groggy, swimsuit full of sand, and dubious about what I was about to get myself into. Fast forward almost a year later, and here I am, making sure I get to class at least 4 or 5 times a week, and mastering poses I never thought I'd be capable of, like headstand and crow. I'm more centered, calmer, and over time, my body has grown leaner, stronger, and more toned. I sit up straight. I remember to breathe. I smile at strangers (sometimes). It's been a seriously life-changing practice.

A lot of what I love about going to class, though, isn't necessarily about the movement or asana practice. It's about all the wisdom that comes out of it. Yoga puts a big emphasis on the mind-body connection, so almost every class is devoted to an idea or a thought. These thoughts are called sutras in yoga terms and they've been around for ages. There's something very grounding about practicing something so ancient. And since it's become such a big part of my life, I thought I'd share some of that wisdom with you now and again.

One of the central messages I get over and over again is about the power your mind has over everything in your life. When you choose to look at something in a slightly different light, there can be very significant effects. When you change your mind about something, everything around you shifts. It's like a domino effect. See it differently and it will BE different. I love that.

P.S. I practice at an amazing studio called Yoga Vida. Check it out if the mood ever strikes. xo

10 comments:

  1. I go to Yoga Vida, too! Best studio.

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    1. I'm obsessed with it! Such a good studio. See you in class!

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  2. Such an inspiring message to read on a Tuesday. Thank you for your wisdom

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  3. يجب فك كل القطع من غرف النوم الي جميع قطع الاثاث مع مراعاه ترتيب الفك لانها ستكون نفس الطريقة التي تركب بها نفس القطع مره اخري وذلك من خلال ترقيم تسلسلي لكل القطع مما يوفر علينا عناء التركيب مره اخري, يجب الفصل بين القطع ذلك اكثر تنظيما واكثر امنا وتوفيرا للوقت فقطع الاثاث عند نقلها تكون معرضه للخدوش والكسور لذلك يتم التغليف قبل البدأ من رفع اي قطعه واحده من علي الارض حتي اذا ما تم احتكاكها باي شي خارجي سيتمكن التغليف من حمايتها سيكون كماده عازله بين الجسم الخارجي الي القطع وبين احتكاكها بأي مكان اخر كحائط او جدار مما يضمن لنا فرص النقل دون وقوع خسائر مادية لاصحاب المنقولات.

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