The way we experience change is up to us. It can feel like death as you cling to the past (past events, people, past perceptions, etc), or it can feel like pure adrenaline knowing that at any moment we can have another chance at life. At any moment we can be born all over again. You have the power to embrace change and let go of fear, because letting go opens the doors to new possibilities. Having let go of your practice either entirely or temporarily is O.K, just as coming back to it is wonderful.
Bob Marley’s song says it all, “emancipate yourself from mental slavery. No one but ourselves can free our minds.” The things in our lives we perceive to be obstacles have been placed there by us, and only we have the power to remove or overcome them. I strongly believe yoga helps to “declutter” our minds as it is SO easy to stay wrapped up in every day dramas. Getting out of your head and into your body, FEELING versus thinking, just once a day works wonders for all parts of your being- physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. Maybe this is something you can think about when contemplating whether you should practice yoga again, or invite more of it into your life. Emancipate yourself from the “I can’t”, “it’s too late”, or “I’m not used to it”… because on the other side of courage is your freedom knowing you can, you’re adaptable, and brilliantly able to do more than you think. As Charles Darwin said “it is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change”.
The best part of it all, is that you don’t need a pricey membership or fancy equipment. All you need is your undivided attention and your time. Your breath and your body. Don’t have the patience? Just refer back to Bob Marley’s quote!! Haha.
You are more free than you think you are. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you perceive it. If you can’t change the way you perceive it, practice yoga. Just be sure to do so safely ;)