Day 42: a love letter to yoga

11 Feb

Tonight continues my commitment to more love and less fear this year.  For February, I am writing a love letter each day.  Tonight is dedicated to …yoga.

Dear Yoga:

I think I fell in love with you before I knew what you were.

Years and years ago, when I was a teenager, I would sit and soak in my stretch before basketball practice.  It felt so good!  It was like my own private moment before all the competition, training and games began.

Back then, I never thought of stretching as an exercise — rather, it was what I was required to do before exercising.  These days, my favorite exercise is just that — stretching, a.k.a. YOU, yoga!

And, today, dear Yoga, I sat in your class and remembered that peaceful stretch.  That moment of being with my mat.  Just being.

(Of course, my being was dripping rivers of sweat down my arms!)

While I am still learning not to treat you like a competition or game, the ex-athlete in me can’t help but look up at the real yogi’s in the room and try to catch up to their Crows, mimic their Frogs and dive like their Dolphins.

I’m still learning to take this stretching exercise to heart — my heart — and go at my own pace.  I suppose that’s the lesson in this life that you have so sweetly and silently shared.

Now, as I sit here resting my sore muscles, my spirit is soaring.
And, it’s all because of you.


2 Responses to “Day 42: a love letter to yoga”

  1. Tamara at 6:36 PM #

    Jamie, I too have come to love yoga. I started this morning with a session which set the pace for the rest of my day, going with the flow…moving from heart…breathing. Thank you for sharing!

    • Jamie at 6:42 PM #

      You’re right, it’s such a great way to start the day! So glad you shared here. I will send you the blog post from last year about Watsu. 😉

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