Those precious moments following my morning yoga self practice: what a spacious, peaceful, gracious, loving feeling. There was at least one moment during my practice today where I looked at the clock, checking I hadn't spent too long on my practice, aware that I have work to do.
Then - an awakening! My practice is essential to me fulfilling my work responsibilities. And not just because I'm a yoga teacher (though of course self-practice is irreplaceable when it comes to instructing others about alignment in poses).
The practice is crucial for everyone.
The gap between action and reaction that is created when I am fully aware and present within my body, breathing fully - this is mindfulness. This is being in tune with my authentic self. Being in flow, acting out of self-love, and compassion for others.
Yoga practice allows me to clear away blockages so that I can listen to the messages my body sends - to ''be with'', and allow, sometimes uncomfortable or unpleasant experiences, until they pass, as everything does.
It doesn't have to be yoga, it could be walking on the beach, going for a run, playing music - anything that allows us to come into a flow state: space and time to quiet the mind. And taking the time to care for your body, mind and soul may just make you more efficient and productive at work, and more patient and empathic in relationships too!
In these moments, I remember I am worth that time and effort. We all are.
-the divine light within me bows to the divine light within you.