Yoga was tough today.
I have been practicing yoga on and off for years. I realized early on, that yoga is the best exercise regimen for me.
I was always the girl who was picked next to last for basketball, softball, soccer, kickball and all those other games that involved good hand-eye coordination and speed. I lacked both.
This is not to say I wasn't active. I enjoyed riding my bike, jumping rope, playing on the playground equipment. My sport? Badminton. I was a fierce player who knew how to smash a shuttlecock over the net.
But, as I grew older, I needed an exercise routine that was less competitive, and more forgiving. Aerobics was too punishing, and the gym was too intimidating. I needed what yoga provides- total acceptance for where I am on any given day.
Some days I am a yoga warrior. I feel incredibly strong, limber and challenge myself to go beyond the basic poses.
Other days, I come to the mat tired, stressed and defeated. I'm not sure what my body is capable of doing. So, I focus on my spirit. I ask my body, "what do you need from me today?"
I stay very mindful of each ache and pain. I come into my stretches slowly, savoring the warmth that begins to build.
If my mind begins to race, or my body begins to balk, I slip back into down dog, or child's pose. I listen to my breathing and I reassure my spirit that it's all ok. There is nothing to prove, no race to win.
Transition time into middle age has taught me a similar lesson. Each day I start fresh. The problems of yesterday are done. I will focus on this day alone. I will listen to my inner voice. "what do I need today?" I will check in periodically, and if I am feeling stressed or off task, I try to bring myself back to a place of peace.
At this stage of my life, I understand that all things are temporary. There is no permanence. So, live each day as a fresh start. Let go of preconceived notions, and inflated expectations. Everyday is an opportunity to do the best that you can, with what you have.
Causes Annette Talbert Supports
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, RIF (Reading is Fundamental),
Hands On Foundation, Dignity U Wear, Girls, Inc.