Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason. - John Mayer
Whether you’re in a phase of life where everything feels joyous or traumatic or somewhere in between, remind yourself that everything is temporary. The only universal constant is change. If we can learn to release attachments to feeling or being a certain way, we can find more peace when navigating times of loss and grief. We can also accept that “good times” don’t last forever.
Yoga teaches us that everything is temporary. Everything. Yoga also provides tools for us to tap into our own well of resiliency and inner power. Resilience means being able to bend and not break. Resilience means we do our best even in times of seemingly insurmountable challenges because we know we will move forward and enter brighter days.
Pain is inevitable but suffering is our attachment to that pain. We’re not saying life is easy breezy or making light of dark days, we’re simply reminding you that you’ve got a well of inner strength to tap into to cope. Learning not to identify and hold onto that pain forever is vital to recovery.
Resilience is defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. It’s also defined as the ability to bounce back into shape, to have elasticity, like a rubber band. With a regular yoga practice, we can become more physically resilient and resistant to injury and illness, and more emotionally and mentally resilient to manage grief and loss. Yoga can help you tap into your individual inner spirit, capable of handling even the unimaginable.
Asana, pranayama, and meditation are powerful practices that empower us to fortify our physical, emotional, and mental resilience. Mindfulness helps us recognize we can survive tough challenges and grow stronger from the experience. Of course, it’s not easy or simple but comfort exists in having a toolbox of practices which can help us cope.
This week's classes focus on using yoga to build resiliency. Whether you're processing grief, dealing with physical pain, or just want to feel brighter, you'll tap back into your center and your power to bounce back.
Shannon Paige - Meditation for Grief
Christen Bakken - Vinyasa Yoga: Rain and Rainbow
Michelle Marchildon - Relieve Your Back Pain
Kristen Boyle - Staying Power: Flow into Eka Pada Koundinyasana II
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