Self-Care Challenge Day 7: Yoga
By: Amy Maricle
Welcome to the seventh day of the 7-Day Self-Care Challenge! I’m so curious to hear from any and all of you about your experiences. How has your week of self-care treated you? It’s been such a privilege to share this journey with you. My hope is that you have found some ways to make self-care a part of your daily routine, a given, not something that happens, “when you get time.”
Tomorrow is the day that I randomly choose a winner from amongst all the commenters, so be sure to comment before midnight tonight on today’s post. The winner will receive a portable art kit or free entry into my Art Journaling 101 workshop. Keep those comments coming, and here’ s the prompt for day 7.
Yoga for Self-Care
Whether I am in a class or doing yoga in my living room, I almost always find that if I can let go and relax into a pose, I feel more integrated, calmer, and happier.
Yoga has been a good friend to me through the years. I began my practice back in 1999 at the Willow Street Yoga studio. Suzie Hurley and her team focus on alignment and “heart-centered” yoga. Teachers instruct and correct your form, while also calling you to pay attention to how you “show up” on your yoga mat.
Is your mind busy?
Are you comparing your “performance” to everyone else’s?
Are you leaning forward or back in your pose, or are you able to come to the center and stay in the moment?
The practice calls you to pay acute attention to your form, while also letting go of the need to be perfect. If it sounds like a contradiction, it is. Life is full of contradictions and opposing forces that we have to work to bring into balance, such as work and play or planning and letting go. When a pose is very challenging, and trying to correct my form while also just letting go and being present feels impossible, I hear Suzie’s voice in my head, saying “surrender to grace.” This always helps me to let go, request help from a power beyond myself, and tune into the beauty of the moment. That brings the joy and relaxation into my yoga, and back into my life.
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