”It’s also helpful to realize that this very body that we have, that’s sitting right here right now…with its aches and its pleasures…is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive.”
When was the last time you were overwhelmed with gratitude for your body?
Correct me if I'm wrong here, but we are often more likely to look in the mirror and focus on the rolls, the spots, the saggy bits.
We are more prone to concentrating on the gas, the weakness, the uncomfortable bits.
But what if we switched that around?
What if we spent more time focusing our attention on the parts of us that do incredible things each and every day?
Like the heart.
Your wee little heart pumps about 100,000 times each day, pumping five or six quarts of blood each minute, and moves oxygen and nutrient rich blood around the body to sustain life.
What else sustains life?
Without breath there would be no life, and your lungs do all the work for you.
They're just there, supplying the body with oxygen and ridding the body of carbon dioxide without you even having to think about it.
And then there are your legs.
Have you ever hurt one leg and then had to go up or down stairs?
Believe me, I have.
Those stairs, once easy peasy, manage to become insurmountable in a matter of seconds.
So, this is my invitation to you to find gratitude for your body.
Your powerful, all-knowing, body that has evolved to be exactly as it needs to be right now.
This is your invitation to take care of your body, with nourishing foods and habits.
Show your body that you're grateful by giving it a little extra love today.
And this is my invitation to you to listen to your body.
Listen to you when it tells your it's unwell, or weak or hurt.
And listen to it when it tells you it needs to move, to expand, to explore.
So today's free yoga class exists because I was listening to my body.
My knee has been wonky since two dogs pummelled into it at the dog park, and for some reason it was out of sorts the week I filmed.
So instead of using it as an excuse, or worse, pushing through the pain, we now have this class designed to keep the pressure off the knees!
Please don't ever ignore your pain.
If it hurts, don't do it.
In life as on the yoga mat.
So are you ready to build up that upper body strength with me today?
That's what I like to hear!!