After Thanksgiving last year, I remember seeing a map on Facebook which showed what people were most thankful for according to state. According to this map, “yoga” was the top thing here in Oregon. I hate to be one to jump on the band wagon, but I’m in agreement about yoga being wonderful. I’m personally more thankful for my kids, husband, and family, but yoga is one of my top ten if not top five great things to be thankful for in my life. So I join the masses, at least the masses of Oregonians.
About a year ago, I attended my first hot yoga class ever (a New Year’s Resolution of 2014), and I’m so glad I gave it a chance. My first two classes I was just trying to get the hang of it, but after my third class, I started to experience something I call my “yoga high”. I don’t know what else to call it. I get a sense of fulfillment, serenity, focus, and gratitude that I feel physically. I can’t really explain. Yoga allows me to focus on both my physical and mental being at once. There is nothing else which has ever done that for me. In fact, I really was awful at meditation (I’m slightly ADD) until I began yoga so I have never been able to have this amount of clarity.
It’s really difficult in life to find balance. There are so many goals I have in any given week: spend quality time with my kids, clean the house, go to work, pay the bills, catch up on my favorite television shows, read the latest research, cook healthy foods, spend quality time with my husband, catch-up with friends, change diapers, organize the kids clothes, and on and on. I think I could spend an hour writing down all the tasks I want and have to accomplish in a week. My mind is in constant “go, go, go” mode. Yoga is the one time I have to focus on nothing. It grounds me and energizes me so I am able to face the week with determination and optimism. This is an easy way for me to rejuvenate. Yoga brings spring into my step!
I would love to hear your sentiments on what you have found to bring spring into your step.
This post was written in response to today’s Daily Prompt: Re-Springing Your Step.