Let me tell you the truth, yoga fam.
I sat down to write this blog post going on two nights of severely broken sleep (hello sailboat life) and with a mind so distracted, I could barely breathe, let alone think.
I was in no condition to be writing this important message to you.
So instead of forcing myself to do it anyway and risk writing a half ass message, I chose to stop.
I gave myself permission to walk away and do something different.
That different thing is called meditation.
…… which we will be doing in today’s new yoga practice, FYI.
Now to be truthful, meditation and me didn’t always have such a solid friendship. I used to approach the practice with a giant “I should” attached to it.
I should because it’s part of the yoga foundation. I should because my yoga teacher is telling me to. I should because everyone on social media is doing it. I should because I teach meditation.
I should. I should. I should.
This should led to nowhere fast when it came time to meditate.
So what changed?
I moved onto a sailboat in a foreign country with zero familiarity and certainty.
I began to feel homesick and left out from family gatherings, friend events, and day-to-day activities.
I started to doubt my validity as a yoga teacher, creator, and entrepreneur.
And, to be transparent, I was scared shitless the first few months living at sea (and still am some days)!
All of this led me to befriend meditation, and not because it was the trendy thing to do, but because I needed a potent medicine to support my mental and emotional wellbeing.
And potent it is, here’s why:
- It cleanses the mind for clear perception, the same way a shower cleanses your body
- It shifts your autonomic nervous system from sympathetic to parasympathetic, helping you to rest, digest, and recover
- It can shift you from stuck to unstuck by allowing new information to download and questions to be answered
- It supports your emotions being energy in motion, allowing them to discharge from your subtle body, and not create a block or barrier
So here’s the hard part, even with this knowingness of meditation’s potent qualities, why do we meet our meditation practice with so much resistance?
The simple answer: we aren’t shifting the practice into an automatic habit.
The process of shifting an action into a habit is painfully and painstakingly slow……
It takes timeeee for your meditation practice to be incorporated into your nervous system. It takes timeeee for the neuroplasticity of your brain to adjust. It takes timeeee for your nerve cells to create new connections. It takes timeeee to plant a cue that will trigger your brain to behave the way you want it to.
And, it also takes timeeee to explore and experiment with what works best for your individual needs.
Okay, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.
This woman got carried away (per usual) and made it to over 700 words before introducing today’s new yoga video.
I’ll be brief.
We will begin with strengthening the body, expect to dive right in.
We will then transition into floor postures with longer holds (did someone say frog pose).
We will wind down with a pranayama practice.
And guess how the practice ends….. in meditation (I’m sure you guessed that one).
If you’re searching for a total-body refresher, this is your yoga practice.
I’ll meet you on your mat,
p.s. – Don’t forget, the doors ONLY open twice a year for our week-long reconnection to body, mind & soul, on and off the mat!
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Hey! I’m Allie.
I’m a self-growth student, freedom-seeker, yoga teacher and the founder of a tight-knit online yoga community: the Body Mind Soul Studio. I’m here to teach you how to transform your life on-and-off-the-mat with a holistic yoga practice.
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