Day 12: Upward Plank| Purvottanasana 

Day 12 #cdflessonsfromyoga: Upward Plank| Purvottanasana   
Today’s lesson is about coming back to the heart. Coming back to what matters. Coming back to the core of everything you are and value. 

I saw something tonight that talked about (yoga related) not focusing on the pose but what the pose makes you “feel”. When you listen to that. You learn and grow more than you think. 

It’s the same in everyday life. We get caught up in “doing” and going through the motions. It’s good to remember WHO we are in WHAT we do. We can lose ourself in the doing. Our core value, coming back to the heart, coming back to who we are makes WHAT we DO have value and impact and authenticity. It creates freedom and purpose and it gives way for gifts and talents to be expressed because we were all created with them for a purpose in this world. We all represent a piece of the puzzle that makes up every essential thing that is needed. It’s within us. Take time to find, come back, and remind yourself who you are and watch what you do light the world.


Day 11: Figure 4 Pose|Eka Pada Utkatasana 

Day 11: #cdflessonsfromyoga Figure 4 Pose|Eka Pada Utkatasana   
Today is still casting a sweet glow on my heart. God brought #yoga into my life at a time I really needed it. It helped bring me out of despair and hopelessness and from there it continues to bless me and teach me, but I also see how God uses it as a ministry to bless others as I live HIS love and transformation out. It’s not about winning souls for me. It’s simply about living out what I receive and if I can just be an example of light, love and everything my Jesus is in someone’s day, then my heart is full and I know HIS is. 
Today, three little 9&10 year old girls approached me fascinated with my yoga practice. Asking a million questions, I said, “do you want to come try?” You thought they would’ve just won the lottery! For the next half hour we played and yoga’d and had conversations that blessed me in a million ways. They brought me such joy in their childlikeness and reminded me what it’s like to be truly grateful and find the good in everything. When they left, as I was packing up, a lady approached me telling me that she is struggling with a tough decision and that she came here to find peace and an answer from God. She said that as she watched me with the little girls, that she received the key to the answer she was looking for. We hugged and cried and it’s the first time I’ve prayed for someone in over a year. We all walked away with something NEW today. It reminded me that authenticity is priceless. It humbled me by showing me that no matter how many moments I may feel “less than”, I may just be THE WORLD to someone else. We all have something to receive and we all have something to offer and a light to shine. LET IT SHINE! LET IT SHINE! LET IT SHINE!🌟#cdflessonsfromyoga

Day 10: Fallen Angel Pose| Devaduuta Panna Asana

Day 10 #cdflessonsfromyoga: Fallen Angel Pose| Devaduuta Panna Asana  
Today’s lesson is about living shame free. It’s about realizing that in life, no matter what mistakes you make or have made, there’s always grace and forgiveness and acceptance. Often this is easier to award others than ourselves. I speak for myself when I say that I can forgive all day long but when it comes to giving myself grace, I don’t believe I’m worth it a lot of times. Which I know isn’t true, but it is a battle that I’m constantly fighting in my soul, spirit, and mind. This next excerpt is from @kathrynbudig in an article on this pose from @yogajournal. I love how everything in life is intertwined. From doing yoga to lessons on life:
| “As I’ve returned to my asana practice, I found myself deeply connected with Fallen Angel. Aside from the aesthetic beauty of the pose, I love the story telling that dances around the posture. It embodies what it must be like to fall from grace, to hit the ground hard, but remember once you’ve hit rock bottom that there is no such thing as falling from grace because no one can ever take it away from you. It is our birthright and our duty to maintain it and keep our inner grace shining. This posture presents a huge physical challenge as well as emotional. Practice keeping your grace regardless of your circumstances, keeping yourself in a place of allowing, and remembering that the past is behind you and the present is full of opportunity. So enjoy this fall, knowing that the lift and grace always come from within.”|

Day 9: Side Crow| Parsva Bakasana

Day 9 #cdflessonsfromyoga: Side Crow| Parsva Bakasana  
Today’s lesson is be flexible. Not only in body because the benefits now and long term are priceless. But in life. Be flexible. Don’t be so rigid that you can’t bend with the ebb and flows of life. Know when to stand your ground. Know when to let go. Know when to push yourself. And know when not to. Know when to say yes. And know when to say no. Know when to lead. And know when to follow. Know when to laugh. And know when to cry. Know when to speak. And know when to listen. Know when to receive. And know when to give. Know when to run. And know when to walk. Know when to hold on. And know when to let go. Know that forgiveness is always worth it. Loving is always worth it. And hating isn’t. How do we know these things? By being flexible…being willing…having an open heart and open mind.

Day 8: yoga squat|malasana 

Day 8 #cdflessonsfromyoga: yoga squat|malasana   
Today’s lesson is about being in the moment regardless of what the moment looks like. Sometimes the moment is ugly. Take it for what it is. And just as often, it is beautiful. Each are equally important. The ugly moments need our attention, care, and thorough unpacking. The beautiful moments are meant to be relished and cherished. Be in the moment. Always. Give 100% to the life that’s in front of you and in you.