Category: Time

“Yoga doesn’t take time …it gives time,” is written by Ganga White.

You need yoga the most when the hour long class seems long and will take up too much time.

 

Yoga allows us to bring all the garbage with us on the mat: the anger, frustration, fear, doubt, insecurities,  tension, etc. Our bodies are a beautiful vessel but all day long we fill our head, our heart, and our body like a container of garbage that we never take out. We just keep filling it to the point that it overflows. Once we get to the point that we can no longer stuff it, we fall over or get sick.

 

Duke University of Medical Center did a study on a group of people that came together to work out. They found out that, as soon as they walked into a room full of people, they stimulated the hormone oxytocin which is the “love hormone.” Which brings me to: why are most yoga studios all over the country full in every class? It automatically makes you feel better. You don’t even have to do a single yoga pose the entire hour. You can just be in child pose, observe your breath and you will  have a successful hour and feel better just from the love in the room. Breath by breath and pose by pose, you start to dump your trash.  I have never heard anyone say that they felt heavy after class (meaning they have a full trash can), but rather, “I feel so much better, lighter, new again, and stronger…I am not mad any longer.”

 

How does Yoga give time it is this simple: it allows us to remove the nonsense from within. It creates space in our minds, heart and body so we can be who we are suppose to be. We escape from the prison of needless nonsense we put ourselves in on a daily basis.

 

Yoga teaches us to live more presently, to be an observer without judgement, to know that thoughts are just thoughts and that they are not who we are when they are in a negative form. It also teaches us to find compassion for ourselves and  to know that life is not perfect, so we don’t have to be……..life is simple and we complicate it.

 

Let yoga be the doorway to become free.

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“The way we spend our time defines who we are.” -Jonathan Estrin

Namaste’

These two words yoga and time have more meaning behind them than you may think. Yoga is not all a work-out but more a work-in. Time teaches us to make good use of what we are given or it teach us the value of life.

 

In my every day life, I like to say I try strive to live in a yoga bubble. From the time I open my eyes, the first few minutes are the most precious of minutes. I give thanks for the morning and my day ahead, kiss both my dogs and never fail to tell them I love them and how grateful I am for them- which I need to say more to my husband but he gets up before me. Then I meditate for at least 15 minutes. Those first few minutes of my day I cherish because time is presence, time is listening, and time is observing. Peace within and being mindful, is yoga.

 

Yoga teaches me to manage my time better- to decide what is important in my day. Serving myself (meditation, practicing yoga, ect.), meeting and being with people I love, slowing down and living in the now, are all giving me purpose. Fifteen years ago, I think I was speed walking through life without spending time on myself, family, or giving myself peace within. I was chasing everyone and everything, and never knew that if I slowed down, everything would come to me and there would no longer be a chance.

 

My life is not perfect. I would be lying if I said it was. What I am trying to say, is that yoga has become a time tool for me in the sense that when I have so much turbulence in my mind, also known as monkey mind, I meditate. When I feel stressed, I practice yin yoga. When I need energy, I take a hot vinyasa class. When I am in a large crowd, I have learned to listen and observe, instead of being the noise in the room. When I with my kids, who are all grown adults, I learned to be in the moment and enjoy every minute with them. Most importantly, yoga has taught me to let the outside obstacles that no longer serve me, my heart, or my value of time, go.

 

A great quote by Ganga White, “Yoga doesn’t take time, it gives time”

 

Did you know that 20.4 million people or 8.7 percent of U.S. adults practice yoga, according to Yoga Journal magazine. That is an amazing number and I am grateful to be part this movement, teaching yoga and being a practitioner.

 

Meaning: The next time you feel you are chasing life, you are really chasing time and in a blink of an eye, you will wake up and you will be 70 years old (hopefully). You will look back on life and think, “Wow, I missed life.” I am 51 years old and have three grown children. My oldest just had her first baby, our first grand baby. Her name is Scarlett Olivia.

 

What do you fill your day with? Are you serving yourself and others? I know when I am teaching, I am the most present version of myself and I have so much appreciation because my students chose to share their day and personal TIME with me. That’s pure love.

 

Make your next 24 hours have meaning. Be mindful, fill your actions with love and appreciation. And get rid of the rest.

Love and Peace