This year will be the year of yoga.
I’ve been trying to fully immerse myself in the practice, and with my morning stretches and evening relaxation poses, I’ve found a place I’ve been searching for: a place of prayer. When I’m in Savasana (Corpse Pose), or even a particularly challenging pose that requires a lot of balance like Tree (remember, I’m sort of a beginner), I find that I reach out for help in the form of prayer. Also, I have always struggled with taking time out of my day to pray or just talk to God, but when I’m doing yoga, it’s like a two-for-one deal. I’m doing something good for my body and my heart, and because yoga helps clear the mind, it seems natural to talk to God. When I’m trying to hold a challenging pose, I ask for help. When I’m in Child’s Pose, I pray about whatever is on my mind. When I’m in Savasana, I am thankful for my blessings.
The coolest part about all of this is that it sort of just happened, and when I finish my yoga practice and then read a few verses from the Bible, it’s like I can do anything. I can conquer the day with a clear mind and open heart. This is what keeps bringing me back to my mat every day, not to mention how amazing my body feels after a practice. Whether or not you pray, yoga is the perfect time to clear out your mind and reflect on yourself, and it gives you a chance to be thankful for all the good in your life.
What do you think about yoga? Where does your mind go when you practice?