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I have recently embarked on a special journey that will -at the very least- be life changing. I began yoga teacher training this month. I will be deeply involved with yoga theory and practice various styles of yoga the next few months and ideally everyday from now on.
I have shared in previous posts that I have been practicing yoga for the last 15 years and how it has been part of my personal wellness toolbox ever since. Enough so that I think it is of utmost importance that it be a family practice, I regularly do yoga with my better half at home, the park or the gym and have been exposing my son to classes and home practice.
I see the next few months as a spiritual retreat of sorts.
Although I will be home and with my family, I will be attending various classes throughout the week and really connecting with my higher-self more intensely, dedicating 15-20 hours a week to it. I am really excited to see what I will create for myself in these next few months in a state of flow.
I hope to share with you valuable teachings, experiences and "aha!" moments that arise during this time.
I have been remembering many of my yoga teachers and becoming much more aware of the gifts they each gave me and how I carry those with me today, noticing my strengths and shortcomings and realizing that I can work on them. They aren't set in stone, and connecting deeper with the complexities of each yoga pose I arrive at a deeper understanding and awareness.
This week we studied 5 basic yoga poses. One particular pose that I have been thinking about over and over again is Tadasana- Mountain Pose. This is a standing pose where you stand with feet hip width apart, looking forward with your arms at your sides palms facing forward. It can be written off easily because it seems so common and yet it isn't. As you stand there is an active energy to the stance where you engage your arms, legs, torso.
Have you ever seen a mountain and somehow felt in awe of its reagalness? Many times when I am in Mountain Pose I try to imagine that I am a mountain and that I am connecting with this powerful inner strength.
A mountain stands through the rain, wind and heat unshakable and immensely strong. As I imagine myself this way it allows me to connect with my own inner strength that many times I forget that I have access to. I encourage you to stand in Mountain Pose and to mindfully connect with your inner strength.