Day 17: Bridge Pose|Setu Bandha Sarvangasana

Day 17 #cdflessonsfromyoga: Bridge Pose|Setu Bandha Sarvangasana 
Today’s lesson is about living with your heart wide open. Doing this requires risk and vulnerability. It requires you to constantly forgive, to pursue wholeness (however that looks), it requires you to let go of things that no longer serve you, and it requires you to not have to have it all figured out. Be willing. Be open. Be brave. Be teachable. Embrace change. Give in. Let go. Look for the good in every situation. Believe it’s there. 

Living with your heart wide open WILL mean you experience some deep pain. It also means you will experience ALL the love. The deep deep love. You can close down your heart and you may save yourself from “some” pain, yes. But in the end you will find that you miss out. We aren’t supposed to block pain from happening–realistically we can’t, even if we try. We need to feel everything. Process it. Let it teach us. We can however, by trying to avoid pain, block love and joy with it. That is ultimately the biggest regret…

Ive been living this out for over a year. I’ve done both. Living with your heart wide open is painful at times. But it’s also the most freeing. #openheart

Day 16: Revolved Chair Pose| Parrivrta Utkatasana

Day 16 cdflessonsfromyoga: Revolved Chair Pose| Parrivrta Utkatasana   
 Today’s lesson…

Cut yourself some slack! You can’t be on top of everything 100%. You’re a human!
With that being said, I do apologize for the fact this pose is technically on day 17. LIFE (family, chores, work, etc) got to me today and something inevitably got left unattended to. I take this very seriously so I can tend to feel very upset and carry the fact that I was sub par (what my head tells me) very heavily and I will over analyze one area to the point I beat myself for just being human and not having everything under control 100% of the time. God forbid!­čś▒

Got to just let that go. Let it roll off like butter on a hot pancake. Still, please accept my apology. ­čÖĆ­čĆ╝

Day 15: Plank Pose

Day 15 #cdflessonsfromyoga: Plank Pose  
Today’s lesson is very simple. Very straightforward. It’s a quote that bears no further description. We have it at my work and I will tell you that I’ve lived this out in a very extreme way and it gives me hope…because it’s true: |”You don’t know how strong you are until being strong is all you have.”|

Day 14: Compass Pose| Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana

Day 14 #cdflessonsfromyoga: Compass Pose| Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana  
Today’s lesson is about learning when to forgive. Now, just about everything we have ever heard is: always! And yes, I believe that. Why? Cause forgiving is honestly what helps set us free, not necessarily them. 

HOWEVER, I have experienced forgiving somebody before I’m ready. And I don’t mean because of pride. I mean, where I did it out of guilt for being angry or hurt at someone without fully processing the pain first. Basically, I’m trying to say to give yourself grace if you can’t immediately find it in you to forgive. BUT, I encourage you to always have a heart that is postured toward forgiveness. MEANING, that you don’t discount the pain, you do what needs to be done to process it, you don’t put a guilt ridden time limit on it, but that you know you won’t remain in the pain, and that you are working towards true forgiveness; meaning, you know when it’s time to fully let it go and embrace forgiveness so that you are whole. 

My husband has a saying and I love it:

“Be diligent in your process. Do it with excellence. See it through to the end.”

Day 13: Half Moon Pose| Ardha Chandrasana 

Day 13 #cdflessonsfromyoga: Half Moon Pose| Ardha Chandrasana   
Today’s lesson is learning the “art of balance”. I truly believe that finding balance in all things-meaning you stop swinging from extreme to extreme-is at the core of living happy, healthy, and whole. 

If we are constantly thinking with a “black and white” mentality, we never see all the color. The fact is, there ARE gray areas in life. No one and no one situation are the same. We cannot put our life, our circumstances, our emotions, or people on a box. 

Within that, don’t make balance a legalistic ritual either. If y’all haven’t seen the movie EAT PRAY LOVE (basically my favorite movie ever!), watch it! If you have then you know what I’m about to say:

She goes out in search of true love and balance and freedom. So far so good until her genuine and healthy attempts become unhealthy and “extreme” in nature. She ends up almost losing the truest love of her life because of the fact that he was upsetting her balance. The guru she’s talking to looks at her and says, “To lose ones balance for love is to find true balance”. So remember…balance should create freedom. If you feel in bondage to something-even balance itself-then take a step back, reasses, and then start again.