If you’ve been practicing yoga for a little while now, you may have noticed some changes taking over your existence. Your shoulders are stronger, maybe your hips are more open. Have you noticed?
Well, there’s something else you may have noticed besides a strong core and flexible hamstrings. Things about yourself, qualities, characteristics, that were hiding before, but emerge in a bigger and brighter way. Are you kinder? More empathetic? Do you smile more?
I know that I’ve noticed something about myself that I didn’t even know I was missing. Something that has changed the way I make decisions. It’s changed the way that I live my life.
Yoga has made me brave!
There was a time in my life when I was a shy girl. Quieter than I am now, even, but quieter for a different reason. I was afraid to speak for fear of how it might be taken. Am I funny? Am I smart? The same is true for many young people, and it can even continue with us in to adulthood. How does this make me look? What do people think of me? Fear keeps us on the ground when we are meant to be soaring. Fear of failing keeps us from ever trying at all.
From the moment I first stepped on my mat, however, things have changed. I’m telling you, big time.
Standing in warrior, my legs growing stronger with every breath, and my feet firmly planted beneath me, I felt more grounded and more connected than ever before. When I lifted my heart in Urdhva Danurasana for the first time, I felt free.
It didn’t end when I stepped off of my mat, either. Yoga made me brave enough to follow my heart, to choose my own path, and to love even though I’m afraid sometimes.
Yoga has the power to stir greatness within us, to transform our weaknesses in to our greatest assets, and to turn our wildest dreams in to our greatest achievements. Yoga can help us uncover our truth; it can make us brave.
If you’re new to yoga and you’re reading this, or you’re still on the fence about whether or not to give this whole yoga “thing” a go, congrats on making it this far! Maybe there is a true desire in you to give yoga a try. Even better, read and share in the comments section below and get inspired.
Tell me, how has yoga changed you?
[Editor’s note: This is a post from new DCOY contributor, Sean Devenport. We’re excited to hear her perspective, observations, and life lessons from her upcoming 500-hour RYT!]