Gratitude, Yoga and happiness.. Can you have it all?

You all know the drill, being a 20-30 something female that juggles a full time job maybe a bit of study, and balancing family commitments. ( In my case a pending pregnancy)

You also could be regularly wondering about an improved way to live. After living with ongoing anxiety over the best way of dealing with “life” I’m actively looking at all options, are you?

I don’t mean a 12 week health challenge to lose 5-10kg, joining a cult, purchasing a few exercise DVDs for home, buying a juicer, I mean embracing a new way to live that gives me not only a healthier physical body but also giving myself the best chance to have more clarity in my life and setting time aside to have some “me time” even if it was only an hour a week, to boost my mind & spirit.

Yoga is a ancient mind-body system of wellbeing which originated in India. What I really adore about the Yoga community it’s oh so positive, it focuses on gratitude, happiness, empowerment and on a daily basis a reminder that you have the power to change (just about) anything you don’t enjoy in life and as the wise Dalai Lama says, “Happiness is the highest form of health”

I believe I’m half way there, my core beliefs are very similar to the Yoga community and I’ve attended the odd Yoga and Pilates class but never taken it to the next level and taken regular, positive action to improve my mental clarity. Pilates is based on strengthening the core, but I’m looking for something deeper, that I believe a regular Yoga class can assist.

Honestly, the thing that has been off putting is, I was about 100kg, a very bad back and I felt the odd yoga class didn’t really do much- it hurt, I felt awkward and I was pretty intimidated by all of the fit women around me. Now after I’ve sorted out my physical body, it’s now time to focus on the inside. We must all remember, “Allow yourself to be a beginner, no one sip tarts to be a beginner.” I wish I started a year ago, imagine if I had continued with weekly classes over the past 12 months while I lost my weight. I could be a remarkable women of Zen, calm and peaceful.

So I’ve purchased my own yoga mat, some of the world’s most comfortable leggings and I’m committing to 2-3 yoga classes a week- I even purchased a 8 week pass and I have a feeling that my physical and mental state will improve by attending these classes with the delightful yoga teacher, Miss Devine Star.

It’s time for new beginnings, new mindset, new focus, new start, new intentions that will result in new results.

I really liked a photo I saw on a Yoga community Facebook post while researching this topic, it said: Yoga is a everyday practice to be your best self. It’s my new mantra.


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