|Christy and I practicing in our favorite space on Madeline Island|
When did you realize that you were a true yogini?
Maybe it was the day you realized you hadn’t been in contact with your denim jeans for months. Or perhaps to your children’s dismay you found that chanting Om in the car was very therapeutic (I'm guilty). But whatever your “aha” moment was (serious or silly), I would love to hear it. It’s National Yoga Month, I have Athleta gift cards to give away, and I love love love to hear from the yoga community.
Personally, yoga crept into my life quietly and without assumption. What began as a few great stretches at the end of a kick boxing class over a decade ago slowly morphed into mindful movement. Later, when I began teaching classes at our local YMCA, I invested into the understanding of how our anatomy benefits from these significant stretches. Suddenly I was leading groups through sun salutations and receiving positive feedback from the class. I had found something that spoke to me and to others and I was hooked.
Like many students of yoga, however, the idea that yoga was more than an exercise capable of making me feel great in my physical body was enough until a life upheaval. I’ve written about it extensively (perhaps ad nauseum) but a cancer diagnosis was a life changing experience. I was strong and healthy when I found it, made the decision to unravel my health through western medicine and treatment, and then returned to full capacity via the practice of yoga. To state that I have a deep appreciation for my yoga practice is an understatement. I credit it with saving me – mind and body.
I read somewhere lately that yoga (so much like life) can be as simple or complex as you want it. I teach my students that yoga presents itself very gently as an unfolding of what the body can master. Unlike strength training, results are not always immediate. Practice and patience are critical components to understanding your yoga. Even after I was healthy again I would start to believe that I had reached my full capacity of flexibility and strength and then voila, some part of my body would unfold a bit deeper with the assistance of my breath.
I hear this among others as well. Understanding the power of yoga has helped countless women work through loss, anxiety, depression, and other ailments. It brings us together as a community and asks that we check our egos at the door. It gives us time to breath, reminds us to laugh when we fall, and sometimes gives us that proverbial kick in the asana. Perhaps most importantly, tapping into our breath in our physical bodies is a constant reminder that we are all connected in this universe. So I ask all the yoginis out there, “When did you first realize that you were a true yogini?” Give us goose bumps, make us laugh, or even a head tilting hmpf…all answers are appreciated! Lets enjoy the collective consideration that yoga makes our lives better and consequently makes us better people.
So, when did you realize that you were a true yogi?
Here is the dealio:
One winner will be selected from the best answers to receive (insert drumroll here) $300.00 in Athleta gift cards (their new fall line is out!) and a $150 credit to be used towards a 2013 Madeline Island Yoga Retreat.
Post your answer in the comment section of my blog (funny, creative, sincere…all entries will be considered). Consider that moment when that inspiration hit and you realized that you were happiest on your yoga mat!
1. Post your comment and your name on this blog.
1. Post your comment and your name on this blog.
2. I need an email to notify the winner. Either send me your email: firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of your comment or you can submit your email and your name on Madeline Island Yoga Retreats Facebook page via our email sign up icontact button at the top of the Facebook page. Fair warning: you will receive retreat updates (a good thing!) 2-3 times a year.
3. The winner will be notified via email and must acknowledge with a mailing address within 48 hours to receive the prizes.
4. Comments will be accepted from September 11-16. The winner will be announced on this blog September 20th.
5. The winner will receive the gift cards and gift certificate in the mail within three weeks of the winner’s announcement. There will be no substitutions or cash equivalents of the prize. Any expenses relating to the acceptance of the prize are the responsibility of the recipient.
6. The cards will be mailed USPS.
7. Participants must be 18 years old or older and legal residents of the United States.
Feel free to comment on your favorite entry as well. The judges
(Including moi) will take your suggestions into consideration.
Not a rule but an awesome suggestion: share the yoga love! Tweet, share on Facebook, and tell your yogini friends about this contest! They will love you for it!