I have shared with many in my Yoga From the Heart workshops about how important heart health is for me and how I have used yoga and diet to manage genetically high cholesterol and blood pressure. But I also learned that the practice of yoga helped to heal my broken heart. I just didn't know it at the time. As someone who holds in emotion, the heaviness on my heart was extreme. It felt like an elephant standing on my chest 24/7. I remember even going to the doctor thinking something was wrong with me because my heart hurt so bad. I continued my yoga practice and started to notice that it shifted from a physical practice into more of a spiritual practice. I could release tension physically, but it was also away to become quiet and go within my heart to connect with God and my Dad. It truly was a way to release and break free from sadness, fear and anxiety. It wasn't instant for me, but more and more I could feel the release. Many poses were difficult and brought forth emotion that I could not stop. The release was amazingly healing. And then it went deeper... It became a desire to bring this healing to others.
Our heart is a muscle! We need to stretch and open it often. Unfortunately, our society fosters frenzy and chaos, not peace and relaxation. Stress has become the #1 contributor to poor health, including cardiovascular disease. Whether dealing with grief from the loss of a loved one or dealing with sadness, anxiety or depression, the practice of yoga can bring you the peace you need and so desperately seek. It is not instant and it takes time and commitment! But it's worth it for the health and well-being of your heart!
My Dad was a wonderful husband, father and friend! He was our rock! He still is! I have conversations with him all the time. I see him in many things every day and I hear him in songs and sounds. I know he is my biggest fan and is cheering me on every step of the way. Many people have said I am so brave to give up a regular paycheck and benefits to do what I do. I have an angel with me all the time helping me to stay brave! So doing whatever I can to share this healing practice with others is what I am meant to be doing. I know this deep in my HEART!
Peace and blessings~