Setting Yourself Free (Part 2- Strength and Balance in 20 minutes)

Yesterday we learned how to help the mind and the heart release, consciously choosing happiness.  Today we will remember to send people off in bubbles, slam file drawers, and walk out of imaginary rooms.  To add to that today we will strengthen our body, our physical core, the outer vessel of our spirit.

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I have no desire to go to the gym.  Doug and I did that for years with nary a change.  We also like staying near the house.  We keep in pretty good shape from hauling wood, water, and farming but now we are moving to the city and will need to find new ways to keep our bodies strong.  We are not talking body building strong, just strong enough to carry around our spirit and let us do the things we want to do.  The steep hills and walking trails of Manitou will be delightful to explore.  There is yoga taught there seven days a week and I can hardly wait!

My favorite video.

My favorite video.

I started doing yoga when we became engaged.  I wanted to be strong and beautiful.  I am not a natural!  I cannot stand on my head or do any of the extensive moves but everything I can do makes me feel rooted and strong and gorgeous and connected to the world around me.  I have muscle definition and flexibility for everything I want to do, in 20 minutes a day.  I can either pop in a video and do yoga with the cats in the living room or remember many moves and practice yoga outside in front of the owls and the vast prairie.

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Yoga can be done by anyone, however slight or advanced.  I do not own yoga pants or even have a yoga mat!  It is a wonderful way to keep balanced in 20 minutes a day, or every other day!  When you are practicing yoga, feel your feet connect to the earth.  Feel the top of your head connect to the sky and Creator.  Pull yourself up as you do moves.  Feel beautiful.  For you are a beautiful creation.