Fifteen years ago I started practicing yoga as a new beginner. Consistently I have practiced over these years and have discovered I really am always a beginner – just as each day is a new beginning, so it is every time I step on my yoga mat. On my mat the chaotic energy of the day, of the week, begins to fade away. My mind slows down, my breathing becomes steadier, my body begins to settle, I am more still ~ I begin from where I am this day. Years of regular practice has allowed a “letting go” of the daily chaos and layers of clutter and tension – both mind and body have become more spacious and open and that free space allows for a new beginning (as well as more fluid, natural movement, breathing with ease, thinking with clarity and just as importantly, room for my spirit to come forward).
At some point during these years, I decided that I wanted yoga to be a priority for me and the effort has been well worth the reward. It has been a slow, steady process ~ one that has naturally unfolded as I have unfolded and has transformed my life ~ generating overall well-being ~ energy, vitality, joy, relaxation, openness, presence ~ all very healing aspects that contribute to being a more integrated person and living a more integrated life.
So, I say, let the chaos and tension go; give way to softness and space, become still and begin again as a beginner, curious and excited to see what unfolds.
~Louise (CSY Student)