The past week was nuts as I tried to get my act together to get out of town on vacation. Everything was going wrong. You know that feeling, right? You're rushing to get things in order so that you can confidently walk away for ahwhile, and that's when everything decides to break down.
So there I was, cursing the skunks that decided at the last minute to attack my bees, and the chickens that found that tiny hole in the brand new run. Then I stopped, I breathed, and I "used my yoga" (as my husband Jim is always telling me).
When I did, I realized that I had been given just enough time to deal with these problems -- and get ahead of what could have been a lot worse if they had happened while I was gone. By slowing down, and breathing, I realized that this is gift of yoga : the ability to pause, and to look at every situation with a perspective of your choice.
So instead of being frustrated and annoyed, I decided to look at these challenges with gratitude. It was a lot of hard work for sure to shore things up, but now everything is falling into place. This is what happens when you "use your yoga." Your ability to pause, and to look at a situation differently, changes your whole perspective. Catching those skunks, and the escaping chickens in the act was an annoying gift! But now, the bees are protected for at least two weeks, and I'm pretty sure the chickens are safe from themselves. (I hope!).
So this month we will focus on... using your yoga! We'll focus on how taking our time -- and breathing -- in each pose translates into taking our time -- and breathing -- off of the mat.
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Jamie Walton is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher with more than 8 years (1000+ hours) of experience teaching group exercise classes, and has been certified by the American Red Cross to administer First Aid and CPR.