Monday, February 11, 2013

Its Here...

The iMac I've literally been dreaming about for the past 2 years is finally here! Is it dramatic to say that I feel like this is going to change my life? Gone are the days of jumping from computer to computer just to make a simple post. I have a lot of work to do configuring everything the way I want it to be so my posting this week is going to be very scarce. Bare with me! This is all for the good of...well...everything.
In the meantime - I thought I would take a little personal time to talk about a journey I'm getting ready to take. Yoga. It's been something that has been in the back of my mind for years. Throughout the past recent months of November through January my sister would have to force me to practice it with her in our basement every week. After each session I felt sore but great. I wanted to keep going, to get better, but something held me back each and every time I would try. My diagnosis: the fear of pain, of shame and disappointment, but perhaps also the fear of pure happiness. I'm not even sure I know what that means yet. What I do know is I want to find out. I want to stop criticizing my body and instead start nurturing it, loving it and helping it grow. I've needed this for a long time, and I'm finally getting the courage to step out of my comfort zone, join a yoga class and delve into the unknown.

 Amazing isn't she? Briohny Smyth is a huge part of the reason I decided to embark on my personal yoga journey. Her strength and power (all packed into that tiny body!) are so inspiring to me. She's battled eating disorders, drug addictions and negative self-image among other things, and started using yoga as a method of self-care when she was 13 years old. She now owns her own yoga studio in Los Angeles with her fellow yogi husband Dice Iida Klein. In other words, yoga saved her life.

Throughout all the articles I've read there are many constant themes but one that sticks out to me in particular. Yoga is for everyone, meaning that literally anybody can do it. You can't say that about many things in this life. I love the openness and acceptance of the yoga culture and the yogi's that practice it. I strive for that acceptance; acceptance of my family, acceptance of my faith, acceptance of my friends, acceptance of the people I don't know yet, and most importantly acceptance of myself.

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