They say that your yoga practice changes as you change. I used to think that meant that as you got older, you just couldn't do the cool poses anymore and yoga wasn't fun. It was like yoga for moms, God forbid. But now that I am getting older and I'm a mom, I'm starting to understand what this really means.
If I were to be completely honest, when I started yoga in my early twenties, I did it mostly for the sweaty workouts, the ego boost (watch me touch my nose to my knees), and the trendiness of the whole thing. I started taking class in Santa Monica, CA, the epicenter of trendy.
I'd come home from yoga excited that I sweated next to David Duchovny for an hour and a half. And if I got a sense of peace, calm, or insight after class, I might not have even noticed.
Now that I'm not in my twenties anymore, and a mom, I can no longer touch my nose to my knees, in fact, my knees hurt sometimes when I walk up the stairs. But my yoga practice has changed... for the better.
It's now about trying to stay present in my body and with my breath, exploring my edge, and embracing my limitations. By having the time and space on the mat, and the years behind me, I know what really matters.
What I've found is the more I keep things simple and pure -- whether that be eating fresh farmers market fruits and vegetables, drinking lots of water to stay hydrated (thank you, Nestle Pure Life Water), doing yoga at my own pace, taking moments out of my day to focus on what I'm grateful for, or working to let go of the belief systems that keep me stuck (hello, inner critic) -- the better I feel. And if I feel better, I know it has a positive effect on those around me, like my husband and daughter.
The older I get, the more I see how interconnected we all are, and with my family, I see how we all impact each other and build off of one another.
It's a different way of thinking from my life in my early 20s, and I wouldn't trade that wisdom or self-knowledge for a cool handstand in the middle of the yoga room or sweating next to David Duchovny. Not that it wasn't fun. :)
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