I’m noticing more and more that the truer I am to myself, my heart, my dreams, the more doors open in front of me…doors that lead me to new friends, new inspirations, and new opportunities. Recently I had the good fortune of meeting (online) my new friend, Yoga Dan. Could he have a cooler name? I think not. Yoga Dan lives in Michigan and teaches yoga at several studios while embodying and rockin’ the Yogi lifestyle with raw foods, light and love! Yoga Dan speaks of yoga with such love, joy, and heart, that I felt this magnetic force pulling me back into a yoga class (I had only ever been once before).
There I was on the floor, lying on my back under Faith and Determination. “You can do this” I said over and over to myself in my head…and I did. I managed to do every pose without falling on my face! Incredible! I have pretty good balance so I was able to hold every pose even if I was unable to do the pose to its fullest capacity (some of those bendy pretzel moves look crazy, yo!) but breathing…being in the moment..really feeling yourself inside your body..pushing your limbs to their limits…. There was something undeniably euphoric and transcendent about it.
Raw foods play a huge role in yoga. What you eat definitely affects how your body will feel in that class. If you walk into class hungover or full of pizza, you probably won’t feel as wonderful and focused as you would if you went to class with a body that was run on raw veggies. The lightness, energy and swirling buzz of live foods has a positive effect. I feel that eating a raw diet definitely enables me to embrace all that yoga has to offer.
Yoga is a journey within. The outward expression of the poses and movements…those would not be possible without diving deep within to pull them out of yourself. Yoga makes me reach from the inside out, and when I think I’m about to lose it, I reach even more and find my balance…and breathe…and I love everything about that.
Here’s to challenging yourself, and discovering something new, Raw and Sexy!