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There will be a few postures and poses that test you to your limits in yoga. Yoga is beautiful, because it allows you (a peaceful, dynamic woman) to be present, poised and grateful for being involved in this spiritual practise. This spiritual practise is the epitome of personal growth. The painful postures are the ones you need the most in your yoga practise to enable a great, delicious life to knock on your domain.
Yes, you do need to go through some pain to get some pleasure in your life. Yoga is a timely reminder of this. An hour of stretching yourself physically and psychologically to then enjoy five minutes of relaxation, the dessert of yoga before heading back out into the real world.
There will be times your body is feeling tight and sore during your yoga practise, and that is the reason why your body and soul was calling you to go to yoga at that time. After all, yoga means union - union with self and others. And it is this union of love that brings people joy.
For example, I went to a yoga class on Mothers Day before spending time with my family, and the yoga teacher was expressing her gratitude for being able to teach on Mother's Day out of all days. As a result, her positivity and joy was heartfelt and infectious to the rest of us in the room. And as a result again, I did forget my foster mothers Mothers Day present to come to this class; and on that I then felt compelled to buy her something bigger and better after the class - which I did. It has her joy of being a mum and being a yoga teacher for well over ten years that compelled this individual to spread the joy of yoga to the rest of us, as well as to my foster mother in a more tangible way.
A few days ago, I woke up early (despite the bitter, cold weather) to participate in some yoga. So glad I did, because it was that joy of one-hour of joy for me that gave me the energy to tackle a busy day, and my computer blowing up at work not long thereafter. It was this joy from the back of yoga that enabled me to cope with this situation and consult to patients in another room. Furthermore, wearing my purple tank top as a reminder of the joy I experienced in also wearing this top on this Thursday morning yoga practise was wonderful.
Additionally, a friend of mine who has just returned to Australia from an overseas holiday was sad to find out that the yoga studio she goes to could be closing its doors real soon. On this, I am seeing if I can run the centre to save it. To keep the joy of yoga going for many women.