Yoga as a Life Long Practice

When I started practicing yoga I had to explain to people what yoga was, most people had never heard of it.  This was 27 years ago and I was pregnant with my daughter Hailey. I was working as a Sales Rep driving through Southwestern Ontario and becoming very uncomfortable behind the steering wheel. I was nervous about my first pregnancy and combined with the long hours in the car, I was looking for relief.

I purchased a Jane Fonda exercise video to start a new morning routine. At the end of the video Jane introduced the viewers to a yoga teacher ( I wish I remembered her name ). This was my first exposure to yoga and I loved it!!!  It calmed me, it helped me move better in my new pregnant body and it gave me a positive outlook on the rest of my day.  

When I became pregnant with my son Parker two years later I started using the video but this time I skipped right to the end to the yoga portion. As the years past, I searched for more information on yoga but the selection was limited and there certainly were no yoga studios in the nearby cities. (This was before the internet, hard to imagine). With my limited resources, I taught myself the history of yoga, basic philosophy and poses.  

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In 2003, I took my first yoga teacher training and started teaching yoga classes.Yoga has allowed me to guide my students and myself to a better quality of health and life.  It can help us live healthy amidst hectic schedules and stressful environments. With our brains over-stimulated and our bodies more sedentary, many of of us suffer from fatigue and imbalance that comes from chronic stress without proper recovery.

 

Stress has become a chronic aspect of our life and it takes it’s toll. The nervous system senses continued pressure from the stress, producing extra stress hormones.  Over time the immune system weakens causing illness and fatigue, mood swings, lack of focus, and irritability. Stress is implicated in many health problems form migraines and insomnia to lupus, MS, hormonal issues, eczema, poor digestion, weight gain, high blood pressure, and heart attacks.

When we experience stress it tends to cause a great deal of physical tension in our bodies. Yoga helps to release these tensions before they can accumulate and become chronic physical and psychological conditions. Yoga enhances the body’s natural function with it’s deep breathing, twists, stretching, strengthening, and balancing postures keeping the spine, the house of the nervous system, supple, enhancing the flow of fluids in the spine and stimulating the glands and circulation of blood and lymph throughout the body. Muscles are lengthened and toxins are released.

When we release physical blockages, toxins, and limitations from the body we also do so in mind, spirit and emotions. Yoga teaches us how to balance life.  It helps us to get to know our bodies, to recognize when we are not in balance both on and off the mat.

As we practice, we learn to listen to our bodies.  We learn what serves us in our lives and helps us to recognize the things we need to let go of.

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This is a never ending task and this is why yoga is called a practice.  It is a life long practice, a practice of evolving individually and coming closer to an open and authentic state of being so that we are able to assist in creating a better world for all of us.

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