“To find inner bliss and happiness through yoga, learn to accept things as they are by changing your thoughts.”
– Debasish Mridha
The hot yoga studio is my happy place: it’s there I can challenge myself to be happy with who I am and what I can do.
There, I can share my achievements with others who celebrate with me, rather than compete against me.
It’s there I feel grateful for what I can do physically, and there I feel humble for the emotional support I get from the people around me.
It is the place where I’ve learned to accept my limitations and appreciate my abilities.
Some days this pose just feels so right: weight perfectly balanced over a stable base, evenly spread through both feet; hand resting wherever it lands. As the heat of the studio allows your muscles to relax you might find yourself able to move your hand further down.
Wanting more of a challenge? Allow your eye gaze to look up towards your hand and check your posture. Think, “Am I leaning forward? Do I need to straighten up more and imagine that my back is against a wall? Can I extend my arm and stretch my fingertips higher towards the ceiling?”.
Then just enjoy the moment, celebrate your journey and most of all breathe!