My journey into yoga started two years ago this February. I walked into Evolution during “Bring a Friend Week” apt to learn something! I knew my whole body and mind needed work, and I thought if I could get a workout at the same time, it was a WIN WIN! After a few sessions, I noticed a change. For some, the change does not happen right away. Like any new “habit,” it takes a while to see a lasting impact. This little change has now manifested and my life has been forever enhanced.
In October, I started a new morning routine that stemmed from my health and wellness team. We had all read a lot about successful and mentally strong individuals, and all of them had some sort of morning ritual; whether it involved mediation, prayer, affirmations, exercise, or reading. We heard of a book called “Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod. A few of us had a chance to read the book, and we decided to create our own spin off of Hal’s basic principals. We continue to share successes and tips in our private facebook page!
In his book, he uses the acronym SAVERS for a morning routine. S-Silence, A-Affirmations, V-Visualization, E-Exercise, R-Read, S-Scribe. He encourages some sort of routine to be created around all areas of these letters. With any new habit, comes a few challenges. Many of us had to get up extra early which was difficult. Some of us have children and had to get them ready for school, on the bus, etc. We had to adapt this routine to fit our immediate needs. Some individuals practiced each letter for a few minutes, or saved one letter for another time of the day.
Since October, I have been doing my own modified version of SAVERS and my favorite part has been Silence (meditation), Affirmations, Reading, and Scribing. For some, meditation or silence, even stillness, is a challenge. We all have those CONSTANT thoughts running through our minds about what she “should be doing” instead of living right where we are. Meditation has taught me to sit still (which is difficult for me) and listen. I have noticed my yoga practices are stronger and I am more in tune with my breath because I have been practicing shutting that part of me off. It’s a process, like anything new, but WORTH every challenging day. A few apps I recommend are Headspace or Insight Timer. You can start small with even a few minutes until you feel more comfortable. It’s beautiful what can happen when we stop to listen even for a few moments.
As I continue this practice every day, I have been given some answers to wall kicking moments. The “Universe” has showed up for me in many ways and I attribute it to actually listening to what is being put in front of me, instead of ignoring it or not noticing it. My yoga practice has been enhanced and I feel as though I am finding my calling or purpose.
We all have our own journey into power and it’s how we get there that becomes the most miraculous story.