Good Monday morning. Before I dive into today's topic, I (Erinn) want to give a shout out to the security guard at my office building in NYC. Every morning when I walk in (amongst many other people walking in at the same time - my office has about 5,000 people in it) I get a , "happy Monday", "happy Tuesday" etc. He always seems to be in good spirits and having him greet me every morning is a lovely encounter, so I just wanted to give him some props for the positivity he is putting out into the world. It's always the littlest things isn't it?
Onto today's #MindfulnessMonday topic, we wanted to share a quote from Bryan Kest that reads, ""Yoga doesn't ask you to be more than you are. But it does ask you to be all that you are". Sometimes getting on our mats can be intimidating. We look around and see super bendy people "warming up" in full hanumanasana (split) or others with a really strong inversion practice hopping and holding all kinds of fun things upside down and we start to think, "well, I can't do that, so I am not enough- not good enough at yoga, not strong enough, not bendy enough" and it goes on and on and on. But, as we all know, this is not the goal of yoga. It is not about how much you can do, but it is about how much you can commit to being present. It is not about pushing beyond your physical or mental limits, but it is about being fully where you are. This quote asks that when you show up on your mat (and in your life really), you fully and truthfully show up with all that you have. And, that can be different from day to day. And, that is okay.
We are going to try to be all that we are this week - no more and no less. For us, this means, we won't over commit and over schedule ourselves, but we also won't make excuses or stories about why we can't or don't want to do something. We will acknowledge where and who we are, practice presence and try to live up to the best versions of ourselves. We encourage you to try to do the same.
Have a good one! Namaste.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.