Saturday, March 15

Yoga awakens your purpose

As I posted the other day, I'm reading "A New Earth: Awakening to your life's Purpose" by Eckhart Tolle. I'm about halfway through the book - every time I open it, I am more impressed and in awe of what I'm learning. Thank you so much Oprah for opening the world's eyes to this powerful novel.

On page 159 in chapter five, I found this statement:

"Spiritual practices that involve the physical body, such as t'ai chi, qigong, and yoga are also increasingly being embraced in the Western world. These practices do not create a separation between body and spirit and are helpful in weakening the pain-body. They will play an important role in the global awakening."

Not that I need validation in writing for myself because I've experienced the power of yoga firsthand: it helped me out of depression, out of chronic pain and back into living. However, it feels so wonderful to see this statement in such a widely read book - over 700,000 people world wide participated in Oprah's first online class on March 3 to discuss the book with Oprah and its author. If you haven't heard about this huge opportunity, go to to learn more.

When people ask me why I practice, I say this:

"Practicing yoga is my daily prescription for living my best life."

If you have a full medicine cabinet or just need a new direction in your life, I highly suggest trying yoga. It may not resonate the first time you do it or even the tenth, and you don't have to invest a whole hour or 90 minutes. Just try five or 10 minutes. It's more about quantity versus quality; the more frequently you do it, the more you will feel and see its affects on you mentally, spiritually and physically. Trust me, I wasn't a believer myself when I first tried it out, but when I truly needed it, it was and is my salvation.

If you've never tried yoga before and are looking for a place to begin, try Hillary's Podcast #54 - Shift Your Attitude - All Level Yoga Practice - 15 Min Chair Yoga Check In. She has photos and a podcast (it's located at the end of the above page, but here's the direct link as well) to guide you through a practice you can do completely in your chair - how cool is that!


Stephanie said...

I am going to have to get this book! It looks amazing. Nice to get a good recommendation too!

Yoga Mama said...

You should definitely read this book. It will really resonate with you after your yoga intensive.

by Ann D. said...

Congrats on your pregnancy also! I've gone to my 3rd prenatal yoga class and each time I feel stronger and more confident about giving birth.

Thank you for sharing your website. If you have time, here's my site It's a business I started a few years before I got pregnant.

Also, I want to read that book too. I just haven't found the time yet with all the baby preparation. Maybe when I get close to my due date and not working I'll make that part of my "new life with my baby" reading.

Yoga Mama said...

Thanks Ann for checking out my blog. Not to say you won't have more time later, but it sounds like once baby comes, there will be no free time!;)


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