What Yoga Has Taught Me

Sunday, March 29th: On Palm Sunday, Joe and I played three services at Peace Lutheran Church and then we had to head across town to teach our lessons. After a long 12-hour flute-filled day, I decided to do the DVD workout, Yogalosophy, Stretching and Sun Salutations. I normally prefer to workout first thing in the morning, but it was nice to wind down the day with some stretching. Enjoy today’s YogaQuote.

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Monday, March 30th: I decided to start spring break on the right foot by waking up extra early and working out to the DVD, Yogalosophy, Sun Salutations. I spent the rest of the day practicing and then took Brooke out for pedicures and dinner for her birthday. We had a great time as usual and had the chance to talk about our April goals. Here’s today’s YogaQuote.

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Tuesday, March 31st: I decided to conclude my March goal with one of my favorite workouts from this month, Perfect in 10 Yoga. It prepared my mind and body for a really intense day of practicing my flute. I’m looking forward to kickstarting my April goal, preparing for performance, and I think yoga has done wonders for my mind, body and soul. Here’s your final YogaQuote and what I’ve learned this month through this yoga journey.

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What Yoga Has Taught Me:

1) Listen to my body and modify. Who am I kidding?!? I’m not as flexible as I used to be and therefore it was really important for me to listen to my body rather than the instructor in order to avoid injury. Child’s pose was my friend! 😉

2) Link your movement with your breath and let go. As a flutist, this one was really important and I’ve been trying to bring this element into my playing on a daily basis. At the beginning of this journey I felt like I wanted to do the opposite with the breath and by the end of the month I would like to think that I figured it out.

3) Be still and listen. In 21st Century “murica” we are constantly on the go, overworked and overstimulated with our technology. This journey allowed me to center and focus my mind, even for just 30-60 minutes a day and believe me, that really goes a long way.

4) Practice with different teachers. There are so many different types of yoga and teaching styles so it’s a good idea to expose yourself to as many as possible to see what you prefer and enjoy. Each instructor has something unique to offer and his/her voice is so important.

5) Dedicate your practice to someone else. March turned out to be a very trying month for me emotionally. One of my students passed away, a family member was struggling to cope emotionally, a dear friend passed away and another family member fought for her life and received a liver transplant. The month of March was a constant reminder of how precious life really is. In these dark helpless moments, I found peace by pushing forward and dedicating my practice to them. Maybe it was practicing yoga that got me through.

Namaste