Whether you are new to yoga or have been practicing for many years, we all have a “moment.” A moment where something shifted and our practice allowed us to see ourselves and the world around us in a different way. A moment where we fell out of a pose and laughed and it was everything. A moment that showed us we’re stronger than we realized. A moment where we finally kicked up into headstand on our own and couldn’t believe it. A moment where we could finally let it all go and just be.
That “moment” is different for everyone and this summer we want to celebrate YOUR yoga moments. We also want to acknowledge the many yoga studios all over the world that make so many incredible yoga moments possible. Want to share your yoga moment with us? Here’s how.
This week’s Yoga Moment comes from Emily Johnson during her practice at Indigo Wellness Studio in Moline, IL.
“Last winter, I had a really tough day. It seemed like everything was crashing down at once and I was reaching my limit of what I could handle. I was particularly disappointed that things had come to a head on a Tuesday, because it might jeopardize my weekly Power Yoga class. As I filed a police report that night, I had the urge, for only the second time in my life, to go home and mix a stiff drink to curb the emotions I was reeling from. Instead, I kept driving west and made it just in time for my class. Instead of temporarily diluting the difficulty, I channeled the intensity of my emotions onto my mat. I found strength in what I had been thinking of as weakness. Towards the end of class, I felt comfortable in Dolphin Pose, which is unusual for me. For some reason, I just knew, could just feel, that my legs would be willing to lift and the rest of my body support a headstand. I don’t know why this occurred to me, since I had never even attempted a headstand before, but with the help of a wall and a careful instructor, up I went. It was exhilarating. I didn’t want to come down. I felt so powerful – emotionally and physically. My mat has become the place where I work through all kinds of emotions, positive and negative, ever since.”