Pretty often on this page I share yoga with you and this week has been no exception. But I wanted to remind you ( any maybe myself) why yoga has become so important to me.
I have a history of significant depression, anxiety and PTSD. ( no worries, I won't go into the why!) For many years I tried, well, pretty much everything under the sun to change how I felt. Books, lectures,counseling, prayer, certifications, classes, support groups, etc. All of those worked to some extent. Yet, alone in my house, I would find myself staying in bed, crying on the bathroom floor, or mindlessly watching television instead of interacting with those I love,
Then I met yoga. While all of those things I learned in the past helped, the issues were not all just in my head, it was in my body too. The trauma, the lack of trust and understanding of self was always in the forefront, I would never "get a break". Then I took a yoga class in college.
It was so out of my realm of understanding. I just took it to get the credit out of the way. What happened is that all of the teachings that others were trying to share with me began to make sense when I also added body awareness to the mix. Suddenly I gained a new understanding of the words like honesty, integrity, faith. As my awareness grew, my coping skills and learning to work with my depression and anxiety grew too.
Now I love my anxiety. ( I know, right?? Who knew I would say that??) It means that I have too much on my plate and something needs to slow down. Sometimes it means that I am ignoring the cues that are right in front of me.
Depression? Not enough self care and not letting people who love me know what is really going on. Blocking myself off again.
I roll out my yoga mat, move my body until my mind wants to talk. Then I may journal, meditate, pray or really just go take a nap. The answers will come, slowly and gently. They always come.
Then the anxiety or depression can be thanked for doing it's job, taking care of me in the best of ways.
This is why I wrote my book, teach yoga and practice. It isn't because it's the next cool thing. I will be a yoga teacher long after " it is the thing" because it saves my life, daily.
Consider your yoga and it's place in your life. Are you in need of a tool that will help, will work and support your growth?
Step One......roll out your mat.............
Sandra Kozlowski, CDP, CAAR, AAS, RHY 200
Curvy Yoga Certified, Y12SR Certified, Yoga for All Certified
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