yoga: it's only natural

yoga: it's only natural
photo by jill banach

photo by jill banach

Yoga has taught me to simplify, and simplicity comes from doing what you feel is right at that given time, meaning doing what your body and mind are calling for in that moment. These basic needs can be met by doing what is natural.

“Natural” has become a convoluted term, but I like to think of natural as something that is innate. It is something that you don’t think about, but it feels right. For instance, curling yourself into a ball similar to one an infant creates is comforting and calming, understandably.

Cravings can be thought of the same way. If you are craving potato chips, maybe it is your body’s way of telling you that you need salt. Listen to these signals.

Yoga teaches us to allow ourselves to do what will serve us. It means to really tune into our hearts. Our minds often scream at us and demand us to do what we have to do, but why?

Taking a modified pose does not mean you are weak or are cheating if that is what your body is telling you. It means that progressing forward might require taking a few steps back. You may need to strengthen your mind and get your breathing under control before you push forward. Many times when we take the necessary modifications, we find that we get where we are trying to go more efficiently, and more enjoyably too.

Be real. Be true. If you listen to your body and heart, you’ll never be led astray. Because this is the only guidance that’s all natural. It’s only natural to follow it.

Wishing you peace this week!

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