I don’t use my tumblr often for “blog” like entries, it’s more of a way to share pictures, quotes, links, articles, etc. that I come across and feel are worth sharing, usually on the lighter side of things. However, today I want to take the time to talk about something very important to me - my yoga practice. I know, I know, it’s so hip and trendy, but usually the things that are have their place in that category for a reason - because it has some sort of positive place in people’s health, wardrobe, or daily routine (unless it’s those MC hammer pants, I don’t know what that shit was about…no thank you). I have been doing yoga on and off for five or six years and only at a few points have I kept up with it more than once a week, even though I could tell my body needed the stretching and attention, but life, being “too busy”, and let’s get real, laziness, would win over rolling out my mat and checking in with my body. I’m changing that. I have started to change that. As a graduate student pursuing two masters degrees at once, I have been guilty of putting myself and my needs behind my school work and choosing laying around when I do have time to myself instead of exercise. Life is all about balance and we must find time to devote to ourselves in a healthy way no matter how busy the schedule, no matter what personal situations are consuming us. There are a lot of small goals I want to set for myself to lead a healthier life and better me, but devoting myself to the mat everyday whether it’s for 20 minutes or an hour and a half, in my home alone, a private one on one lesson, or a community class is my focus for me this year. I don’t set new years resolutions, it just happens to be in January of 2014 that somehow I felt a “change” within and felt this strong determination that this is something I have to do…I don’t know if it’s my body finally yelling at me and my mind accepting it, feeling inspired by some of my amazing friends and the love they have for their practice, or just my stubborn will to DO something and really do it. Either way, I guess the reason isn’t what’s important. I will go ahead and tell you (and my teachers can vouch for me)…I am NOT one of those people who looks natural and pretty doing yoga. My hamstrings and hips are tight, my back doesn’t want to bend in certain ways, but this! This is what it’s all about. It’s people like me who need yoga. It’s about stepping on the yoga mat and saying “Good morning (or afternoon or night) little hamstrings, I know you are needing some attention and I’m going to give it to you! Don’t worry about that beautifully flexible woman next to you, you are not her and she is not you, she has her own, different attention to give to herself”. Some people do yoga to exercise and tone up, some people do it because a friend needed a yoga buddy, some do it for relaxation, some do it simply for themselves, and some people do it for every single one of those reasons. I realize that I may never look “a certain way” on the mat, and that I will have to work harder to fold into poses that others can easily do, but my practice is about checking in with my body and with myself, and loving exactly where I am regardless. There’s a saying, “If you don’t like where you are, you are not a tree…MOVE”! ISo I’m choosing to move, quite literally, for myself, for my body, and for my mind. I want to be the best me possible. If you know me - encourage me, hold me accountable, and check in with me, and I promise to do the same for you. I’m trusting and celebrating this journey with myself and I look forward to all of the places (good and bad) it will take me!