Namaste: Why I Love Yoga- #BLOG365 Day 18

I have had one of those weeks that chews you up and spits you out. It seems like every day I peel back another layer of work for myself. Each evening I come home exhausted. Years ago when I first came out of the classroom I expected to be less tired. I was wrong. Being in education is exhausting…period. In or out of the classroom being it’s hard on your body and soul.

Yesterday I woke up early and went to hot yoga. When I got home my family asked me why I would choose to do yoga in a heated room, dripping sweat onto my mat early on a Saturday morning.

Here’s the thing…yoga makes me feel stronger.

It helps me find power within myself.

I have had arthritis since I was a child. The kind I have craves movement. If I don’t work out or do yoga I can tell in a day or two. I am stiff and sore and swollen.

When I balance in tree pose I will my body to cooperate. I tell my joints not to give up on me.

There have been plenty of moments in yoga I didn’t think I could get through a flow. I have lost my balance. I get right back into my pose.

Sometimes my instructors even ask if I need to do something else. I usually tell them, “no, I need to do it.”

When I am doing yoga I think of nothing but my movements. The stress of my day doesn’t float into my mind. I don’t think of strategies for professional development. I don’t consider my full calendar the next day. I don’t worry about curriculum alignment or formative assessments or teaching strategies. My mind is empty of everything, but movement.

But, my blood starts circulating. My muscles loosen.

When I leave I feel like a bad ass. I am refreshed and rejuvenated. I am grounded and refocused. Every time.

The lessons I learn in yoga are lessons I take with me each day in my work. Yoga reminds me I can get through challenges. Yoga reminds me to find new paths when others aren’t working. It reminds me to slow down and breathe when I am frustrated or confused. Sometimes it reminds me to find my power in a new or different way. It reminds me that there are times it’s ok for my mind to be empty, mindlessly watching tv or rocking on my porch or in savasana.

yoga

 

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