I'm not a yogi?
I don't have a daily practice.
I don't like meditating.
I eat meat.
I curse (a lot).
I eat non-organic vegetables.
There are many advanced postures that i can not do.
My yoga mat cost under 20$.
I am not a "typical" yogi.
When I step on my mat everything else going on in my life disappears.
I can do tripod headstands and tables and several balancing asanas.
I am flexible.
I can touch my toes.
I do my best to live in the present moment.
I acknowledge that the universe has powers beyond our control.
I guess I am a yogi.
In my opinion, a yogi is someone that seeks and finds themselves through all aspects of yoga - physical, spiritual, etc.
Someone that gets on their mat even if just to take a child's pose.
Someone who practices mindfulness and presence as much as they can.
Yoga has been a major player in my fitness journey - providing me with a physical outlet when I was unable to work out in a gym. Helping me learn a million different things about myself. Providing me with a clear path and purpose to follow. Helping me recover from intense lifting sessions. And more.
Yoga has helped me reach new "gains" in my bodybuilding journey. I recover quicker. I don't get too lost in the aesthetic side of the lifestyle. I am grounded. I am calm (most of the time). I have an escape when everything else gets to be too much. Yoga can be part of a "rest day".
For all of this I am grateful. Grateful to have found Happy Tree Yoga Studio. Grateful for the ability to practice. Grateful for all that I have learned and all that I continue to learn.
Last week, I made it to yin yoga at Happy Tree amidst the week from HELL. The space is so warm and welcoming that when I burst in to tears before, during and after the class I did not feel self conscious or embarrassed. In fact, a girl I didn't know gave me the biggest hug (Thanks Lexi? I think that was your name??). Mel, the owner, talked to me a little before and after class. And I genuinely felt like I was in the safest place.
If you haven't yet checked out the studio, you should. Their open house week is still going strong until Sunday - go!!!