Yoga helps reduces the mind chatter that we deal with on a daily basis. For me, the thoughts are often of negativity and defeat. Along with the chatter, I have to contend with bouts of anxiety and stress. On top of all these shenanigans, I became a grad student in 2013 and the fact that 2013 was one of the hardest years I have ever lived.
I'm pretty sure I would have experienced the life changing moments of 2013 in a completely different way if I didn't have a yoga practice to help guide me through it. I would've came out of the experiences defeated and completely broken rather than just have a couple of scrapes and bruises.
Yoga helped me keep my sanity at my lowest points last year. It gave me the capability to cancel out the negativity that I was building for myself. My practice allowed me to refuse to surrender and take the punches. It gave me the will and strength to fight back. Most importantly, it allowed my ego to reach out and accept help when I needed it.
Being the person that I am, I know that I'm more than capable of handling most of my problems with little assistance. In fact, this style of thinking made me believe that asking for help was a sign of weakness. Yoga allowed me to put aside that mentality without feeling like a failure. It allowed me to accept the support I needed from my family and my yoga community. It gave me a voice to express my pain and allowed me to cry without judgement.
Practice and all is coming. Practice and all is coming. Practice and all is coming.