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Practice yoga (even when you don’t want to!)

Practicing YOGA, whether it’s mindfulness or asanas (the postures/poses) helps everyone.

I’M SERIOUS.

Even just breathing in a mindful way helps!

NO JOKE.

Can you tell I’m a bit tired and/or high from yoga?

LOL.

Anyway, practicing yoga even when you don’t want to is incredible and will change your attitude, for sure.

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Yoga will surprise you: it will allow your mind, body, and spirit to grow and become stronger in ways you would have never thought were possible. I *never* thought I could do tree pose. After having 2 ACL surgeries following soccer injuries I figured that wobbling (shaking tree, if you will) or a modified pose was all I could muster. This photo was taken a few months after I started doing yoga more regularly and I’m standing on my “bad” leg.

I’ve been suffering from intense insomnia at least one week a month for the past several months. It’s been pissing me off while I’ve been on my yogic journey, though, whenever it happens my mind cycles viciously and spirals into negativity toward myself and I kind of just shut down. I don’t want to go to yoga classes, let alone move.

It’s incredibly frustrating!! This evening I went to my 3-hour yoga class, after getting a very thoughtful email from my yoga guru. I had told her about my insomnia and how frustrated/sad I was and that I wasn’t sure if I could make it and to paraphrase her she was basically like: JUST COME, IT WILL BE GOOD FOR YOU.

And I went. And she was beyond right.

Everything we discussed and did in that class felt like it was meant for me to hear and witness. Some of the things I had been struggling with bubbled up and people spoke to those frustrations as if they were directly telling me how to problem-solve my life.

I CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP!

One of the big problems I have when I get insomnia is that all my energy becomes negative. I basically become the opposite of myself in a way and try to hide it from other people, in fact I will go out of my way to avoid people. It’s cray cray!

During class we talked about how positive energy is necessary and how it begets more positive energy. We talked about watching our minds and not judging (I have a *slight* problem judging myself….often lol).

Plus, we taught some poses and I know my teaching wasn’t perfect but the flow of it finally felt “right”. I’m starting to get my own groove and learn what type of language I want to use for when I teach.

We also did a few new poses and I am always surprised by what my body is capable of. I seriously never knew/thought I was flexible. (DISCLAIMER: never “force” yourself to practice certain poses, mind you!)

Finally, I can’t say this enough about my teacher training class: I absolutely love every single person who is in my class. The community we share is so open and loving, just stepping foot into the studio made me feel way more positive than I had felt all week. It was awesome.

And that’s my yoga rant for now.

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This is all part of what yoga is all about! Tell yourself this and remember to love yourself 🙂

Try yoga. Try to practice regularly. See what happens. Tell me about it 🙂

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Alexandra Foran: Alexandra is an enthusiastic yoga instructor who enjoys sharing the gift of yoga and meditation with people of all ages. She is flexible and accommodating to all as she leads a practice from the heart. Extending warmth and love to all is a blessing for her. Yoga has personally helped her to heal and grow in profound ways. Yoga helps create balance and harmony; as someone who is highly intuitive, empathic, and a sensitive being she used to often be ill and regularly overextend herself -- she now seeks the peace that yoga can bring to her practice and life. As a poet, writer, musician and artist she infuses different aspects of the creative arts into her classes to create a higher vibration. During particular segments of her classes she uses guided imagery and live music. Alex plays upright bass, electric bass guitar, electric upright bass, violin, guitar, drums, rainmakers, baby harps, singing bowls, crystal bowls, recorders, and didgeridoo. Alexandra is a certified yoga instructor and a certified Reiki Master. To learn more about Alexandra and her services/offerings please go https://alexandraforan.com/services/

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