Posts Tagged "overcoming obstacles"


Our biggest obstacles can often come from a surprising source: ourselves! How often have I heard myself say “I can’t” or “That’s not me.”  These reactions are just stories I have made up over time. After a few years of regular yoga practice I am finding my stories are shifting, changing, and I am opening up to a lot of things I never thought possible.   One of the really important parts of yoga is svadhyaya – self study without judgement.   The hours I have spent on the mat have been like a little rectangular laboratory for my life in general.   I have found that over time, with practice, the obstacles I thought I faced faded away.   At first, I could never find my breath, or stick with it, my mind was so busy.  Now I adore breath work, and find it can calm me down easily.   Also, I used to look at some of the poses and  think… well…someday…?  Hahaha!   Then one day during practice, I would just pop up into a pose I thought was far out of reach for me. Isn’t it freeing to know yoga is a practice? Here are some other stories I have changed, despite perceived obstacles. I went to do my yoga teacher training at age 52.  I spent a month off-grid on a mountain, on a farm, in Costa Rica.  It was life changing.  I loved it. No I was not “too old” to do this.   Age is just a number. I somehow own a yoga studio!  My background is in public education.   It could be perceived as a pretty good fit, if being organized, being fascinated by people,  and building community are the prerequisites to owning a business.   I have learned to stop second guessing myself,  and make decisions with my heart and what feels right rather than telling myself that if I “knew more about business” I would know what to do.  I love Get Yoga and am so so proud of it. For a long time I told myself I still had brown hair.   Well, what a story that was!   An expensive, time consuming and itchy scalp story.  I don’t even know why, but one day in January I decided I had had quite enough of that. I grew out my (not brown) roots for 3 1/2 months and then got all the fake brown chopped off.  Hello freedom!   I like being who I really am, and my short silver hair does not fall into my face when I do downward facing dog. One of the biggest...

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