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