It’s funny – I spend so much time promoting wellness that sometimes I don’t create the time to practice wellness. My practice (or lack thereof) recently of Hatha and Kundalini Yoga is a great example of this.
I am a HUGE believer in Hatha and Kundalini Yoga. I’ve been meaning to get back into the practices, but I haven’t done it yet.
But seeing as I am currently in Jamaica at the Caribbean Yoga Conference speaking about Purpose, I decided to drop into a class taught by my dear friend Tommy Rosen.
Tommy is an amazing yoga teacher. I Love this man.
He talked today about how important it is for self-Love to exist. And he talked about what self-Love looks like on the yoga mat. He said that self-Love does NOT look like beating yourself up for how inflexible you are or how much better someone else is than you.
This has been a constant for me in my yoga practice – comparison. So I’ve decided to drop it. During my set with Tommy overlooking the Caribbean, I just decided to Love my inflexible body and my tight back. I decided to Love my shaking arms as I held plank. I decided to Love the parts of myself that I usually don’t.
This is the same lesson as the lesson that I learned a couple of weeks ago from my Chinese Medicine doctor who challenged me to Love my belly fat.
So as I was on the mat and the inflexibility showed up, I brought the Love. And by the time the class was over, I actually had let go of a lot of resentment. I was also aware of how much self-hate I’ve been bringing to the yoga mat, as well as to my life.
If I am in this much self-hate around yoga, where else is it? This is a powerful question to ask.
It’s so funny how the same answer always applies: Love.
Wayne Dyer once said, “Whatever the question, Love is the answer; this applies to yourself as well.”
So, the self-Love journey continues. From my belly to the yoga mat, it’s popping up in another way.
What’s so cool about this realization is that bringing more of this self-Love also allows me to Love Jenna, the TDL Family, my parents and everyone else more, since I have more of the Love to give away.
Who knew such a simple statement from my friend Tommy could have such a profound impact?
What areas of your life need self-Love today?
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