This morning I woke up fully intending to get outside for some physical activity. The air was cooler than normal (for Texas that means it was around 65-70F) and the humidity was low. It was perfect running/hiking weather. But as the sun slowly started to come up, I felt my body telling me to take it easy and my mind still telling me to GET OUTSIDE! Lately my body has been smarter than my mind, so I chose to listen to it. I grabbed my yoga mat and headed out the door.
As I approached the door to MY FAVORITE yoga studio, I realized that not many cars were outside. In fact, my car was really the only one in the parking lot. Hmmm, I thought to myself, “is yoga canceled today? I guess we’ll see.” I was greeted as I entered with a fresh face, a new teacher. She was lovely and I could see she was very passionate about yoga. I was excited to take her class.
I set up my mat in the center of the room. I was hoping at least 2 more people would soon be walking in. Maybe even my favorite YOGI blogger would come. Five minutes passed and no one. My lovely new teacher walked into the room with a huge smile on her face. “Well my dear, are you ready for class?” I looked at her, looked around, looked back at her and said “don’t feel obligated to teach if I am the only one, trust me, I totally understand.” Not a chance, she eager to teach and even more eager to leave an everlasting impression on me, and boy did it ever!
The next hour was solely focused on my practice. She talked me through each pose, each flow, and really challenged me to focus on my bodies abilities. She also helped me to lengthen certain poses and feel confident in trying new ones.
As the class came to an end I felt restored, balanced, and some what “nourished” with confidence. I am thankful for my bodies voice, the voice that said to take it easy. Because once we listen to that voice, it will help us to stay in tune with what our body needs so that we can actively “nourish” it.
Speaking of nourishment, let’s get to that food!
the wordless addition……
A simple GF recipe I need to post soon, yes?
and last but not least….
What voice did you hear today? Did you listen to it?