A New Journey

The last six months have been a very busy and trying time in my life. And now that that stress is winding down, I have decided it’s time for me to take on a new challenge: Yoga.

I have taken a couple of different yoga classes over the past few years. A highlight of my thin yoga experience is taking a class among the dolphins at the wildlife habitat at The Mirage in Las Vegas. But I have never been a devoted yogi.

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Photo credit: @AwakeTheStudio

So I started my new challenge today: I will be practicing yoga every day for the next 30 days. I chose this as my challenge because the stress I have been under has had a negative effect on my mental health, my physical health and my spiritual health. So yoga, which is a very holistic approach to fitness and connecting to your inner self, is the perfect opportunity to get back to what’s important in life.

I headed to Awake The Studio in downtown Wakefield. They have a great deal going on – 30 days of unlimited yoga for $30. The studio is cozy and attractive and there is just an overall peaceful feeling about it.

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Photo credit: @AwakeTheStudio

My teacher was Alexis and she was excellent. She thoroughly explained each move in the progression and, for older students, she went through modifications for any joint pain. She also made hands-on adjustments that improved my form and understanding of each pose. At the end of class, during savasana, she used essential oils to give each student a head massage which almost put me to sleep and eased the headache I have lived with for weeks.

As we came back to consciousness, I noticed she had placed two cards in front of each mat. One was a goddess card, the other a spirit card. Both were eerily accurate to what I am going through right now and it felt like this whole situation was fate.

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The Surrender Card encourages acceptance of a situation that you can’t control, no matter how hard you try. The Goddess card speaks to your role in the world. Hestia is the Greek Goddess of the Hearth, meaning she is a central figure in the family. She is also the symbol of fire which is my element as a Leo.

I left the studio feeling calm, connected and like I had taken the first step in this new phase of my life. I’ll be writing each day about my experience and any new discoveries I make about the practice and my journey. It’s going to be #yogaverydamnday.

 

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