By Edith Lazenby
Yoga for me is life.
Yoga is a live and active practice on the mat and off the mat. Yoga is physical and emotional and mental. Yoga is mind and body coming into balance. Yoga is a way of being that continuously helps the practitioner to grow in awareness. Yoga teaches a healthy way of living by tuning the body and helping each make healthier choices as feeling good leads the way..
Yoga is discipline. Yoga is an active pulse that moves and changes and broadens as I grow and deepen and become stronger. Yoga is exercise. Yoga is prayer. Yoga is a practice that can take me where I need to go as I continue to refine and develop intentions.
I practice yoga simply because is makes me feel good.
I keep practicing because it helps me stay healthy and focused on what matters to me in life: faith and love and the people in my life.
Yoga works as a compass to help me learn how I am and where to go in life because the practice of yoga helps show me who I am and how I am. Yoga does this because in the focus and quiet of yoga I can hear myself. For me yoga is also a spiritual practice. If I am aligned in my body and mind then grace can flow more easily.
Yoga keeps energy flowing and removes blocks within my body and mind and heart.
When I am depressed or blocked in any way then energy is being drained and I cannot serve me or God or anyone else. When I am balanced energetically then everything flows. Yoga includes elements of meditation and in that there is the listening. They say prayer is talking to God and meditation is listening to God. In svasana we all get a chance to listen a little bit more.
So for me yoga is a tool that I learn to use as I learn more about yoga. On the mat it is working at my pace and listening to my needs and off the mat it is also listening to my needs and maybe not working at my own pace per-se but knowing what I can do when and how to do more if appropriate.
Yoga gives back more than I can ever give. Yoga is opportunity in every way, whether practicing asana or folding hands in prayer or meditating. Yoga gives me choice in every moment because I am more. I am more aware. I am more awake. I am stronger. I am more balanced. And I am more in the natural flow of my body rhythms.
And so when I choose, I know more.
Edith “Edie” Lazenby lives in Baltimore and teaches yoga. Writing is her first love. She enjoys a cup of coffee and being around people. Life is a celebration. Writing helps her celebrate.
Editor: Ty H Phillips