Calm, stillness, and peace

Yoga is good for a person in many ways. I did my Week 1 day 4 yoga practice today and we focused on Warrior 1 (Virabhadrasana 1) and Tree pose (Vrksasana). It was quite the physically demanding practice and it is ~85 degrees in our house. I worked up quite the sweat and worked my leg muscles till they were ready to collapse. What I found interesting though is how tired my feet were. For years I have wore arch supports in my shoes but for the last 2 years I have not had any, my dress shoes for work don’t have them. With all the walking I have been doing this last week my poor arches have gotten quite tired. I am going to have to upgrade my shoes to get some arch supports again. With all the work a half hour of yoga can be it is amazing how I manage to find that little nugget of stillness at the end. It is just me, my mat, and the sound of the fan in the window. I am able to filter out all the rest of humanity and just focus on my breath. Those moments are why I am constantly drawn back into a yoga practice. I will go for months without doing any at all then I will start up again and am always amazed at just how wonderful it can fee. For me it isn’t about the strength and flexibility but more about the fact that for the half hour I am practicing I am one hundred percent focused just on my body. When I am doing yoga I don’t care how I look, how much I weight, or how silly I look in workout clothes. Instead I am able to be amazed at how wonderful the human body can be.

I hope that you all can find that little bit of stillness in your lives.

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