September is National Yoga Month. And I did something that I haven't done since the world locked down: I joined a yoga studio and I practiced yoga IRL with people. And it felt amazing!
There is something so wonderful about practicing in a studio where you can be adjusted and feel the energy of everyone practicing in the room.
Yoga is so much more than the asana - the physical practice of yoga. I did my yoga teacher training (YTT) early in my sobriety. I was already on a spiritual journey in recovery, and the YTT took my spirituality to another level.
During YTT, we had to practice yoga (asana) daily, the trainer recommended we follow a vegan or vegetarian diet (to practice ahimsa, non-violence) - I talk more about this in my podcast interview on Yoga is Vegan, and we had to study the Bhagavad-gita (in super simple layman's terms this is similar to a Bible or Quran), the Yoga Sutras which is all about the mind, anatomy, learn yoga postures, and so much more.
In all honesty, if I would've known how intense the teacher training was going to be, I don't know if I would have embarked on the journey because I was traveling extensively for work at the time and had a lot on my plate. With that being said, I am extremely grateful that I did do the training because it was a powerful and pivotal time in my life.
I hadn't committed to a plant based lifestyle when I registered for the teacher training, but ended up practicing ahimsa to the best of my ability during the months of teacher training. And at the end of the training - with daily asana practice, and all of the studying - I had an overwhelming sense of peace in my life.
I wish I could bottle up that feeling.
It was magical. It was beautiful. And I haven't felt that amount of peace in years.
My three favorite types of workouts (in no particular order) are yoga, strength training, and walking or jogging outside. And dancing. I love to dance.
So I'm committing to bringing yoga back to the forefront of my exercise.
If you haven't tried yoga, I sincerely encourage you to find a class or check out our You Tube for a yoga practice to try. If you're looking for a yoga recommendation, please leave a comment and I'll help guide you to a specific type of yoga to try.
If you're a yogi, and would like to take your yoga to the next level, you may want to consider doing YTT in your area!
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu (may the entire world be happy).
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti (peace, peace, peace).
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