What yoga has taught me

1. Sometimes when you try something new (or even when you think you’ve got it all sorted), you’re going to fall flat on your face – literally. When this happens, all you can do is laugh, get up and try again.

2. It can be freaking scary to open up your heart, but the physical, mental and emotional benefits are totally worth it.

3. Work with resistance. It’s there for a reason. If you can seem to get a handle on something, or it’s just not working, no matter how hard you try, maybe it’s not meant to, at least not at this time. Pushing ourselves too hard to achieve something we are not mentally or physically ready for can lead to injury and heartache. Let the wanting go. It will come when you are ready.

4. Even when you are doing nothing, you’re doing something. Savansana seems simple, but it’s the most important asana of all. It’s still working your mind and body, just in a different way. So don’t skimp and don’t feel guilty about taking time out to read/have a bubble bath/daydream. Self-care is an energy all its own.

5. Everyday is different. Some days I can weightlessly and effortlessly lift up into headstand, others i can’t even get my feet off the ground. We are constantly changing. How we respond to something today might not be how we respond tomorrow. We can only live moment by moment, so whereever you happen to be, respect that, and work with it.

6. You are stronger than you think you are. I’ll never forget the day I was able to do Bakasana with straight arms, or flow from Eka Pada Bhujasana into Astavrakasana. I’d watched other people do them, attempted them many times (usually landing flat on my face). And then one day, I did it. This strength that seemingly came from nowhere had been with me all along.

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