When I was 13 years old, back in the times of video cassettes and books as the only learning tools, I started a morning practice. It was completely self-led from a book titled YOGA and later a well-known popstar featured on a DVD I followed along with. I would wake up do some yoga poses and breathe deeply, write in my journal, then get ready for school. No one in my close family or circle of friends knew anything about yoga and I have no idea where the inspiration came from, it was destiny.
Getting intentional and doing something for myself, my soul each morning followed me through my twenties where I discovered another book titled, Kundalini Yoga. I learned morning practices had another name Sadhanas – a Sanskrit word meaning ‘daily Spiritual practice’- I self-led my way through videos and worksheets and things shifted – life changed dramatically!
Getting to my mat each morning became non-negotiable, I was stretching my whole body at the beginning of the day followed by a stillness as the birds sang and I felt more grounded and happier for it. Not only that I became more aware of myself as a person – I noticed what nutrition I was putting in my body and how it made me feel. I experienced its powerful effects on viewing the whole picture, it was if the camera lens I viewed life through zoomed out.
Through getting intentional and honoring my mind, body, and soul each morning, I found my voice to say how I truly felt, become more creative, using my inner power to leave destructive relationships and patterns behind and cultivate a happier life.
“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few. ”