It's been awhile since I sat down with my thoughts...
On June 30, I landed in a new place. Never afraid, I have changed my life once again. And in this new place, I plan to practice this yoga lifestyle. The one I started 5 years ago. The lifestyle that had me in the best physical and mental shape of my life in July of 2017. The lifestyle that I wanted others to embrace because it is just that good for you!
Without elaborating on the past three years, suffice it to say that the yoga lifestyle took a back seat. I immersed myself into a mission to improve the education and environment for 60+ children with emotional disabilities. This took tremendous amount of time and energy. I slowly let my practices slip away as I worked very long days. It has surprised me how much physical health one can lose in 3 years - strength, flexibility, mindfulness. (I don't regret it - the work very worthy, I just wish I'd realized that I needed to put more energy and focus into maintaining my "lifestyle".)
I retired from Ohio's Education System and turned my mission over to someone who I am certain has the heart and will to continue the change process. I am now located 2,000 miles closer to my daughter - and her husband, and my precious granddaughter - just ten minutes away. This is a welcome lifestyle change. This region of the country has a spectacular number of sunny days! Another welcome change. I have time to refocus on my lifestyle. One in which work will be important, but not all-encompassing . I do believe whole-heartedly that all that has been lost is only temporary and with hard work, I can regain it.
Renewed focus on breath-work, daily walking (with my grateful companion, Sergeant), bike rides to strengthen my knee, zoom yoga classes with dedicated students, learning new yoga techniques as well as reviewing practice, and integrating free weights is helping me get back on track. In just a few weeks, I feel a difference. And I am optimistic. Pushing through pain, developing routines.
More time to focus on family - which had been lost due to geography.
If you read this, I am hopeful that it will inspire you. For family, for health, for peace of mind.