It is not possible to get to mid-life and not have experienced some sort of trauma; whether that be physical, emotional or mental. That is what makes us perfectly human. Exercise is proven to be medicinal for healing, but some disorders such as chronic fatigue syndrome, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – or a recovery of any kind, often requires times of less intensity and more gentleness.
Yoga and meditation should be a positive experience. I feel very fortunate to have had such a great introduction into yoga and, to me, that is yoga. I encourage you to find your perfect class with the right balance for you, and give yourself as much grace as your body requires.
The first time I practiced yoga was 30 years ago in my living room with my best buddy Orey, my dog. We followed the soothing voice of Dixie Carter on a VHS tape morning and night. I loved the simplicity of the practice and she made me smile every time she said if you do a certain pose correctly, “it just might make you a little dewy.” When my son was a teenager, which was 20 years later, and I was practicing with a male friend, my son was quick to raise his eyebrows in question as to why this man was joining me in something that may or may not give him a “little dewy.”
This was a 20 minute morning practice and it included a peaceful 20 minute evening practice; both ended with a relaxing meditation. I did it almost every day for many years, right up until I no longer owned a VHS player.
Times have changed. As much as I enjoy more difficult, longer, warmer classes, those are not the same type of practice as what I began with – and those are not for everyone. In fact, they are often not for me either when I am struggling with trauma- fatigue.
If you have tried a class and it was not for you, I hope you will try again. Get in touch with your local yoga studio and ask the instructors or owner what program would be most suitable for you. After 30 years of attending classes, I also know there are classes that are not for everyone – and were not for me. Don’t let one negative experience keep you away from one of the best forms of wellness practices you can give receive.
I invite you to join me starting January 1, 2020, for a free online session of 20 minutes of yoga and 20 minutes of meditation for 20 days. I am Bringing simplicity back for all. Thank you Dixie Carter.