“Every Friday morning I commit to spending an hour on my mat to practice breathing and connecting with my body. Most days I dread the ideaof being aware of, and grounded in, my physical body. It’s vulnerable and anxiety provoking, and at times excruciatingly uncomfortable to the point where I want to crawl out of my skin.
Throughout recovery from my eating disorder and chemical dependency, yoga has been a very healing process for me. When I get myself to fully connect with my body and let go of any negative thoughts I may be having, I feel this sense of comfort and ease that I don’t seem to feel anywhere else other than on my mat. I can focus solely on my breath and the present moment; all worries wash away and nothing else matters except for the experience I am having.
When I walk out of the studio, I always feel more in balance than when I walked in. I feel strong and powerful and ready to conquer whatever is ahead of me. I am reminded of how good life is and how refreshing it is to just be.