Being the best I can be....all that yoga taught me by Bevii
Life was grand....country living on a lake with four seasons of recreational activities at hand year round. A wonderful family life with all you could ask for and then disaster hit. A tragic car accident involving my husband changed living from a world of colour to a world of darkness. A journey of care-giving survival took me down a 30 year trek before it ended in a care home facility. Throughout these years I tried to maintain myself as best I could physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually without neglecting the needs of my family. It was a fine line to find enough time to balance out each of these disciplines so that I could maintain all round good health.
In November 2012 I found that true balance all in one package when I agreed to try yoga. Katrina was the pioneer in our family who broke the way for my yoga experience. She invited me to her very first 90 minute Bikram hot yoga class that she taught. At 64 years old I didn’t have any vision whatsoever for myself practising yoga but I attended to support her. By the third class I was hooked telling her “you are not getting rid of me!” I have never looked back. Fast forwarding to today I will be celebrating my 71st birthday on April Fool’s Day with almost 7 years of yoga experience behind me. For me yoga brought everything in one bundle. The physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health benefits that I was looking for all happened synergistically without even being aware that anything was taking place. To my surprise even at my age the benefits of yoga became evident. Without effort my diet and lifestyle also started to change. I lost pounds without even trying and I noticed I became more aware of myself and how to manage my life without feeling like I was looking through a kaleidoscope. It touched on all aspects of my life:
Physically – balance, strength, flexibility, cardiovascular, weight loss, healthier eating
Mentally – concentration, focus, endurance, resilience, mind-body awareness
Emotionally – acceptance, self awareness, self respect, self-care, forbearance,
Spiritually – awareness, gratitude, patience, commitment, servitude
Yoga is an on-going experience for my personal growth. I am finding the benefits of regular practice show up in all areas of my life. I can’t say enough of how yoga has positively impacted me and the only regret I have is that I wasn’t introduced to it sooner.