As mentioned yesterday, I learned a lot at the yoga conference. More than acquiring physical ways to develop my practice, I took away some deeper messages that I can apply both in my practice and my everyday life.
While I already knew this, the weekend was a major reminder to be authentic to your true self – whomever that might be! There were a myriad of framed messages with Buddhas all over the conference that seems to convey just that…who you are is beautiful, unique and to be celebrated! While we all must wear many hats in this life, its paramount to remember true happiness lies in being honest with yourself and to who you are, even if that someone isn’t who others want you to be – you’ve got to make yourself happy first! I don’t know about anyone else but this is something I struggle with sometimes – in an effort to please others I end up being inauthentic to my true self and become unhappy or resentful…not so good!
Another overarching message I took away from the conference was to slow down & shut up, which again, I already knew but obviously needed to be reminded. There is a universal rhythm…a natural flow to this crazy existence we call life and if we don’t take quiet moments to catch our breath, we’ll constantly be fighting life’s current. I am committing myself to daily meditation, in addition to the other self-care activities on my list, in an effort to better tap into nature’s rhythm. I know it sounds odd to some but I really believe a calm and peaceful mind can help cultivate creativity & an open heart! When you slow down and tap in, your naturally more open to love life fully because you’re not tensing up from the chaos and stress of battling the day to day!
I could go on for days about all the inspiring messages I took away from the weekend but I think these were the two big ones! In terms of action steps (besides adding morning meditations to my routine), I have officially applied for a yoga teacher training program that starts in the fall, fingers crossed I get accepted & as soon as my gym membership is officially up (5/20) I am signing up for YogaGlo to keep learning from yogis and not just practicing on my own!
- Breakfast: Strawberry Banana Protein Shake
- Snack: Greek Yogurt w/Blueberries
- Lunch: Mixed Greens w/Tuna & Lemon
- Snack: Raw Almonds
- Dinner: Cioppino w/whole wheat sourdough bread
- Dessert: Cacao Fudge Bars w/Unsweetened Coconut