“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by every moment that takes your breath away.”

October 06, 2013 − by TheSwedishYogi − in Uncategorized, Yoga − No Comments

The first time I ever stepped on a yoga mat, I found home. It was quite amazing actually, and moving halfway across the globe and through my world travels, my “home” has always been rolled up in my suit case.
In yoga, I find peace, quiet, a joyful existence, and that comforting notion that everything is, and will be ok.
In teaching yoga to others, I want them to find this “home” within themselves. There’s nothing I love more than seeing a student who has finally found his or hers breath, and is discovering that magical gateway of braiding the breath with the movement, guiding them to their “home.” It is priceless, it is magical. Someone once said,” do yoga and transform yourself, teach yoga and transform the world.” I now believe it to be true. Starting my teacher training some years ago, I thought that I would enjoy teaching yoga, that it “would be fun.” Never could I in my wildest dreams realize the satisfaction and fulfillment that teaching yoga gives me. I am as yoga high after teaching as I am after practicing.
That being said, my practice is so precious to me. It is where I find me again, where I calm down, where I start my day right, where I come home to.
Being a mother to a toddler, a wife,a dog owner, a yoga teacher, a holistic nutrition consultant, and a constant traveler, my life can become quite hectic at times (wonderful, but hectic). However, I never compromise my practice. Even when my daughter was first born, I would get up early, early in the morning, before she and her daddy woke up, to practice and meditate.
Always taking this time for me has been the most important gift I could ever give to myself, and I encourage everyone, whoever you are, whatever you do, to always make time for yourself and what is important to you. Yes, sometimes that will have to mean to miss some sleep, but it will be worth it. When you love yourself enough to make time and take good care of yourself, then you can fully love and receive love unconditionally. For me, it is that simple.
Love is my religion.
When your time has come to pass on, only a few things truly will. Did the ones that matter most to you know they did? Did you spend life with an open heart, open mind and live it to its fullest? Did you love enough?
I am not talking about living irresponsibly, over your means, or throwing yourself into the arms of danger. I am talking about staying present, focusing on the things that mean the most to you, and that you, in the end, make sure that you have had plenty of moments that took your breath away.

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