What do you love most about your practice?
I absolutely love seeing what my body is capable of doing. Each practice I am surprised at how strong I am and how much more flexible I am compared to last week, month, and even last year. These progressions keep me coming back, I am striving to be the best version of myself. I am also loving the mind-body connection, I am learning to love myself in a way I never have before. Quieting my critical mind and focusing on what my body needs in the present moment is a big part of why I started coming, and I love it.
Are you currently facing any challenges in your practice?
Some days are dark, and those days are the hardest to remind myself that I am capable, that I am strong, and that I am enough. Sometimes I look for instant gratification and it's difficult to remember that change happens over time. Usually a good savasana after class helps me remember why I'm here.
Headstands! They have shown me that I am much stronger than I thought I was. I seriously get so giddy after getting upside down, it's the best feeling in the world. I also love any of the balancing poses because I can see most progress in them during a short period of time. In March, I learned half moon pose and couldn't do it without a wall and it was still incredibly unstable. Now I can do it with just the use of a block and each time feels sturdier than the last.
What fuels you?
My progress; physically, mentally, and emotionally! I am always so impressed with myself and that feeling is what keeps me coming back. My yoga practice is seeping out beyond the physical practice and I'm feeling more balanced and flexible in other aspects in life. I'm nicer to myself and to others, and that feeling is totally priceless
"It was when I stopped searching for the home within others
and lifted the foundations of home within myself
I found there were no roots more intimate
than those between a mind and body
that have decided to be whole"