One of the best things about yoga (if not THE best), is that after each practice, you really do grow and you really do transcend into a higher self. You become enlightened by your own abilities and the miracles of your amazing body. You learn, you discover a lot about yourself, and you gain a great deal of humility. When all of this radiates from ourselves, we put peace into our lives and into the lives of those around us.
Hello there! You are the sweetest :) My name is Nohea (no-HEY-ya) and I’ve lived in Alaska off and on for the past five years. I was born and raised in Hawai’i, on the island of O’ahu :)
I am glad my posts benefit you, and I am so grateful that you took the time to show me love and to let me know. It truly means a lot to me :) I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Abundant light and love.
Whenever you have the chance, pause for a moment and take a breath of deep gratitude and appreciation, for an idea that was born 5,000 years ago by scholars and monks in India…this idea that through movement of the body, through practice of presence in postures, we would be able to achieve stillness in the mind and soul.
It’s true- yoga has changed in its journey to the west, but it is not, by any means, less of a yoga practice, than the yoga practiced in India. We do what we can with what we have, where we are, and that’s perfectly okay.
So I invite you, wherever you are, to take a moment or some time in moving meditation, in Asana, and practice with gratitude and appreciation for this yoga, this breath, and this body, that does so much for our well-beings…a spiritual and transcending practice that never fails to be our guide and source of growth; a practice that brings oneness and love through each and every one of us.
I wish you and your loved ones a very special day of blessings and thanks, namaste :)
YOU ARE OKAY
So being from Hawai’i and living in Alaska, one-hour drives are considered pretty long for me. In Alaska, I find driving on the highway a pretty scary thing since the roads are covered with ice. This morning, my dad decided to drive me to campus for my lab intensives, which is pretty awesome because I don’t want to drive on icy roads, anyway, and I could use a road nap before a long day. He told me chemistry was his worst subject in school…I can relate to that, dad. He then said, “Once you surpass this, you will be okay.”
And without knowing, he gave me one of the best pieces of advice that I have heard in awhile.
We get stuck sometimes, in our moments of difficulty. There’s nothing wrong with that and it’s totally normal and understandable. What about when we get so attached to our worries, pains, and hardships? How do we come out of it? There is no one answer, but what we can do to help ourselves, is remember that we are always okay. It never feels like that, though, because we feel that we’re basically fucked. It may feel like that for a really long time, too, but we just have to keep our heads up and try to sail through the storm.
We are okay. You are okay. It will be okay. You are so much stronger than you tell yourself, and I say that often when teaching a class, hoping that everyone will realize that we are all stronger than we know, on and off the mat. So stick with it, even when the sail may be rough. There is a calm, a deep sense of gratitude, a new found appreciation, another lesson learned, to be followed.
"Once you surpass this, you will be okay."
Namaste, and happy weekend :)