I hope your week is going well. This morning, my alarm went off at 5:15 am (yes, i know I’m crazy:), I was up and out and headed to my favorite yoga class. If you know me, you likely know that I am a die hard Corepower Yoga Sculpt fan. I’ve been doing it regularly for about 2 years now and it is still my absolute favorite fitness class I’ve found. It mixes the relaxation and power of yoga with added cardio bursts and weight training. It’s really an amazing class. Every time I hit the mat, it’s different which keeps me engaged and offers variety to my routine. So, back to my morning. I woke up, bright and early, and was off to class. The stillness that fills the world at that time of day is incomparable. The streets are quiet and peaceful…If you’ve never experienced it, I highly recommend you do yourself a favor and set the alarm a little earlier to enjoy this time. It’s something that really grounds me and brings me amazing sense of presence. I walked into the studio, placed my mat and began to warm up. As the people started to flow in, I realized how every person is totally different. Whether it be as simple as their hair color, age, race, yoga level…we may all be very different but we come in and join together as one. I vividly remember the first time I walked into Corepower to try a class. I was nervous and had no idea what it expect. Since I was little, I can often be reserved in situations where I don’t know what to expect and I definetly felt that going to class. 2 years later, I can confidently say that every person who walks into that studio, whether I know them or not, I feel a connection to. The positive energy that fills every practice is contagious.
As I was laying in shavasanah this AM, I did some reflecting on the people I’ve met through this wonderful thing called yoga. I also realized how I’ve grown as a person through it as well. 2 Years ago, I would never have started conversation with the person next me. I would’ve never gone up and chatted with the teacher about class. I look back now and see how apprehensive and off-putting I could be for so long. I soon began to realize that we’re all in the same boat. We’re all challenging ourselves mentally and physically and growing together as powerful people. By opening my eyes to the amazing humans around me and making a conscious effort to radiate positive energy, I quickly gained a much deeper and more meaningful connection not only with myself, but the yoga community. We all come together, as one unit every class. All from different backgrounds, different places in our yoga practice… We come together as a tribe of positive, uplifting people bettering ourselves through one thing. How cool is that? The hundreds of people who I’ve practiced with I would most likely have not ever met otherwise. No matter what has happened that day, we all make a commitment to ourselves and those around us to grow, to thrive and accept the power and strength that comes with every practice. One thing I’ve really enjoyed as I’ve become more of a yoga regular is seeing people improve from class to class, master new inversions and try new skills. It’s something deeply inspiring to me and keeps me engaged not only with my own yoga, but those around me. Yoga has offered me a sense of selflessness that I’ve never expierenced before, something I truly don’t think I would have otherwise. To say I’m grateful for it is an understatement. The tribe that I’ve created from my yoga community inspires me, drives and fufills me everyday. I challenge you to find something in your life that does the same. Then, take time to reflect on how your energy affects others through it. As I’ve said before, I set intentions before each yoga class, but a reoccurring intention for my everyday life is to radiate joy, love and positivity. By doing so, I see more and more that like-minded people gravitate towards me, which is incredibly refreshing. I strongly believe that what you put out into this world is returned to you, so put out all the good you can!
I hope this inspires your to take time to focus on radiating what you want for your life. I promise it’s something worth the time. Wishing you all a peaceful and joyful rest of your week. See you Sunday!