How to Replace Stress and Anxiety with
Peace, Clarity, Strength and Balance
Yoga changed my life.
With my first practice eight years ago, I learned there was a safe space to clear my mind for 60 or 90 minutes. This discipline quickly became a way of Life.
My red yoga mat became my “prayer closet” and my “war room” — a non-judgmental space for quiet time with God. This space taught me compassion for myself — a new concept for me, a competitive, Type-A overachiever.
Yoga — which translates to “union” or “to yoke” — is a series of physical poses linked to your breath.
So, yoga is simply a moving meditation.
It’s become a multi- million dollar fitness movement, complete with apparel, props, and brands, but at the end of the day, it’s about serenity and balance — mind, body and spirit.
Everyone meditates differently — for me, praying while I inhale and exhale, is where I find peace. A Peace that transcends location.
The Peace cultivated on my mat is with me in traffic, when I face the nastiest of people spewing anger, and leads me to continue serving those who do not have a voice or a choice.
Yoga also taught me to surrender — which isn’t a weakness by any means, but a strength.
Surrender asks us to be strong enough to engage each moment with integrity while being soft enough to flow with the current of life. It taught me patience and to let things go.
Guess what — I’m a MUCH happier person.
For my Christian Friends, fear not — depending on the yoga class you choose to attend, there will be no creepy chants or “mystery words” you’ll be “tricked” into saying as part of the class routine.
There is one phrase you’ll hear — “Namaste.” This simply means, “the light in me sees and honors the Light in you.” It’s about respect and kindness. Nothing wrong with that, right?
If you’re unsure about yoga — why not give it a try? You have nothing to lose, and only peace, flexibility, strength and joy to gain.
-Most studios rent mats and customize classes to meet anyone’s physical goals and will modify to anyone’s body type or injuries.
-You don’t have to be in shape or flexible to begin. The instructor will help modify poses so you honor YOUR body.
-NOBODY will be looking at you. Practitioners are there to better themselves, so let it go. Trust me on this. Unless you are teaching, no one will be looking at you.
-YOGA IS FOR EVERYONE. Every size, shape race, creed, socioeconomic status and age — male or female.
-For those who think yoga is “sissified” or not challenging, I invite you to try it just once.
Please post them below or shoot an email to Jackie@MarushkaMedia.com. I’m happy to make recommendations on yoga styles, classes, studios AND what to expect and how to prepare for your first class.