Lessons from my Yoga Practice

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Yoga continues to be such a deep and meaningful practice to me, not because of the poses themselves, but because of the things I learn during the practice. These are things that come off the mat, and find their way into my daily life. Whether these be responses to struggles, the way I view myself, or even just the ability to pause in times of chaos, yoga has had a profound shift in the way I experience my days.

5 lessons from my Yoga practice:

1). It’s a practice, not a perfect

Poses are going to look different in every persons different body. You can never achieve the “perfect” pose, because it’s going to vary day by day, person by person.

2). Meet yourself where you are

Get to know yourself and what you are and are not capable of. It’s not a good or bad thing. Understanding your limits allows you to build your practice on a solid foundation, without injury or forcing things when you aren’t ready for it.

3). Small victories are a big deal

Whether it’s lifting into crow for a micro-second, or actually balancing on one foot, small victories go a long way.

4). Growth is uncomfortable

But not outright painful. It might not be your first inclination, and it often involves going way outside your comfort zone but that’s the only way to keep improving or moving forward. Life is uncomfortable when you are looking to grow, but it’s the only way you learn that you can probably handle more than you think.

5). You’ll never know it all

This is what I have learned most from teaching yoga: in the grand scheme of things there is always more to learn. And it’s a good thing. You don’t have to have all the answers, you just have to be willing to keep learning.

Sending so much love to each of you,

Ashley

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