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The Dance We Learn on Our Yoga Mat

There as been a lot of conversation about yoga. In the papers, in books, everywhere. Admittedly, my thoughts have been roaming all over the place. As with the conversations, some positive, some negative. Inspiration and thought provoking.   Unknowing and stagnant.

And of course, with so many different people and so many different expressions of yoga. Like the cereal aisle. Toothpaste aisle. Shoe aisle. Parenting styles. Like the vast array of religious and spiritual flavors you have to chose from. Of course you’ll have this opinion and that.

I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned on the yoga mat. Where my thoughts have landed today.

There is this dance we learn on the yoga mat. The dance between Strength and Flexibility. The internal DISCOVERY of your strengths. Your weaknesses. Yoga would have you work with your strengths. Develop more strength an in area, more flexibility in another, balancing things out. And in this way, we learn BALANCE. Right here, right now.

It’s not about trying to get to some ideal. A picture of some super attractive person doing something that we all wish we could do. It’s about contentment right here, right now. With a healthy desire to right forward. We learn how to develop more balance. Right here, right now.

From this comes HEALING.

So the dance goes on. Through the steps of strength and flexibility, we dance through the cycle of Discovery – Balance – Healing. Things always changing. Changing partners, changing music. Always dancing.

Strength and flexibility dance
Together
Living Vibrantly
Finding Stilling in
the Moment

Live it out loud!

YOU ARE AWESOME!
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