30 May Living Yoga
I just realized I haven’t shared here since last November, I’ve been so busy focusing on and growing The Studio that most of my energy has been going there. I put my personal brand, Loren Yoga, to the side for a while but I never intended to stop cultivating it. This blog was always my original space of sharing, simply because of my need to write and hopefully offer some strength and hope to all of you. If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am that you are here. Thank you for being on this journey with me!
INTENTIONAL REST DAYS
Now that things are leveling out with The Studio (and I’ve courageously delegated some of the workload), I’ve freed up a bit of space to drop back into rest and creativity again. What that looks like for me is carving out at least one day (ideally two) each week where I don’t schedule anything and don’t have to leave the house. For me, being able to relax completely is when I’ve noticed the biggest spurts of creative flow come through. I always feel so grateful for these moments because one thing I’ve realized that’s true is you can’t force creativity, and it doesn’t come when you’re stressed and needing to focus on basic needs like eating, sleeping, and kids asking you twenty questions every five minutes.
This is a big one for me. In my daily life at The Studio and out-and-about, there’s a lot of talking going on, connecting with people, which I absolutely love, but it also drains me (introvert problems). I recharge when I am home, especially home alone, with no one to distract me from my flow. It’s in these moments that I can really connect to myself and get clear about the path I’m on and direction I want to go. I’ve got a couple new side projects I am working on behind the scenes that I can’t wait to share with you!
As I’ve dived into one of these projects I’ve been reminded of yoga in the larger sense. We are all most familiar with asana (posture) practice, but that’s really only one eighth of the pie. There are other aspects, or limbs, of yoga that make it a complete lifestyle practice… a way of life. These include ethical principles (how we conduct ourselves inwardly and outwardly in the world) and meditation, among others. The physical practice (asana) as well as meditation connect us deeper into what yoga really means, offering us a doorway into the present moment, where everything rich, alive, and real resides. Think five senses. Tangible things. Vibrant colors. Body sensations. Heartbeat. Breath. Laughter with loved ones. Everything else is just our mind living in the past or future. And though it’s fun to reminisce about the past and plan for the future, that only gets us so far. It’s the action we take now – in the present moment – that counts. This is why our asana and meditation practices are so potent… they help strengthen our body and mind to be more present with life.
Certain things are non-negotiables for me. These include my yoga practice, strength workouts, and seated meditation practice. What’s important for me, though, is to let them be fluid. You may not always sit and meditate every morning seven days per week, because sometimes the day just doesn’t start that way (maybe you needed that extra hour of sleeping in and you’ve got kiddos to tend to the moment you wake up). It’s okay. It’s not about perfection. It’s about being real with yourself and setting realistic goals. Don’t set yourself up to feel like a failure. Based on where you’re at and what you’re going through in your body and your life, let your weekly practice schedule change to work for you, but stay committed to it and keep moving forward. The more time you make to intentionally land in the present moment, the easier if will be for you to be more present and awake to the moments of your life as they happen – and experience emotion (joy, sadness, grief, whatever comes) from a place of groundedness and non-attachment. When you intentionally land in the present moment, you cultivate the space between stimulus and response, where you actually give yourself a chance to witness without judgment and practice compassion for yourself and others when things are challenging.
Wherever you’re at, don’t give up. Your yoga practice lives on and off your mat. It’s the yoking of your body, mind, and spirit. It’s your acknowledgment of the deeper connection you have with the greater web of life. It’s you playing the role of conscious participant in your own experience. You are creating your life. And you can always change your mind. Keep coming home to you and you will find the answers within. Living your yoga means having awareness of all the working parts and tending to each separately but also having a wider view of the connection of it all, like pieces of a puzzle coming together. Trust your inner wisdom to guide you where to go next within the creation.
I am so grateful for the unexpected journey this past year has taken me on. It’s been an adventure and birth of a new, beautiful community. Thank you for being here. Stay tuned for my exciting new projects launching soon!
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