#Mindfulness · Spiritual Wellness · Yoga, Physical Movement, and Embodied Healing

Deepening my spiritual practice with Yoga

Hi Everyone,

I want to reflect on some of the ways that my yoga practice has enhanced and deepened my spirituality.  First, I believe that yoga in itself is a very spiritual endeavor.  The very idea that one exercise can help to align the mind and the body through specific poses and breathwork, is a very powerful concept for me.  And in many ways, I’m developing a deeper spiritual side to myself when I practice yoga.  So here are some ways that I am spiritually enhanced with yoga in my life.

1. Yoga has helped me to develop courage.  I have a magnet on my fridge that says “Faith Requires Courage” and I believe that is such a strong and true statement.  Yoga helps me to develop courage particularly when I do the Warrior poses.  I feel so strong and empowered because I really do feel like a warrior.  When my arms are extended, I feel that I can literally take on the world.

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2. Yoga helps with balance.  Balance is very important!  Many yoga poses require some level of balance to be within the body.  Some yoga poses need a lot of balance (i.e. the Tree pose).  And spiritually, when I think about balance, I think about how everything that God creates has a balanced counterpart: Man/Woman; Dry/Wet; Night/Day; Black/White…..  Balance is essential to our lives, yet so many of us take it for granted.  With yoga, I’m internalizing balance and I think about: In what ways am I adding balance to my life? In what ways are my relationships balanced? How do I balance myself as a graduate student and a teacher?  Do I feel balanced when I’m in a particular environment? How can I become more of a balanced person?  BALANCE!!!!

3. Yoga is helping me to become more patient.  Yoga is all about patience.  Patience with being more flexible, patience while being in a yoga pose, patience with yourself as you body becomes accustomed to yoga…..patience, patience, patience.  And this is VERY helpful for me because I tend to be pretty impatient.  And that is something that I am changing about myself.  But yoga helps because it helps me to slow down and let God work in my life and in my body.

 

Namaste,

karla 🙂

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