Happy Monday and happy Spring! With every season comes a feeling of new beginnings, but none more than Spring when nature is reborn and the days get longer and brighter and warmer. It's exciting isn't it? We think so!
On this first Monday of Spring, it is pretty appropriate that we are continuing our My Yoga series with an entry from Riley Sherer, a Detroit native currently living in New York City via San Francisco who is kinda like a ray of sunshine - always in a good mood, and always up for exciting new adventures! Here is what yoga means to Riley:
"Losing the ego - that’s what yoga means to me.
Having a sense of self is a natural development in humans, but if left unchecked, can grow unhealthily and eventually distance one from truth and reality. This is something I struggle with, and didn’t even know until I discovered yoga.
I found that in order to transcend my mind, I must not only be mindful of myself, but of the world around me. When I am preoccupied with attachments to material things, my emotions, my future and my past - I create worry for myself and that leads to feeling unfulfilled and being unhappy. When I lose my ego, I can step back and see the world. My attachments and worries start to shrink, which clears my mind and allows me to see the world from a more transcended perspective. Ironically, the perceived act of stepping away from “the world” actually helps me become closer to it. This is what yoga means to me."
Have a wonderful week everyone and try to take time to take a step back and get out of your own way this week.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.