Finding More on the Mat: How I Grew Better, Wiser and Stronger through Yoga

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Practicing yoga is an invitation to live up to our potential as human beings. So our mat becomes a catalyst for transformation. When we assume a yoga pose, it is not necessarily the shape of the body that counts. Rather, it is a chance to create an offering of the highest intention in our hearts. Practicing becomes our path, as we grow not just older, but better, wiser and stronger. We become so much more, both for ourselves and for those we love, every time we surrender to something greater, like Grace. Grace is in many ways reflective of the attitude we bring to the mat. It is the difference between a yoga practice that leaves you radically transformed and an exercise class. It’s the difference between feeling full of hope and potential, or feeling like a schmuck. Our attitude creates the distinction between growing better, wiser and stronger on the mat, or afraid that we’re going to die every time we bend over. “In the beginning,” the author explains, “I did not know that I needed Grace. After all, I had gone through the better part of my life without anything nearly looking like Grace. You should see me dance or sing. Oh my God! A goose suffering an epileptic attack would describe my attempts at being graceful. I would never be mistaken for a soul sister. “Then one day on my mat, struggling for the millionth time to touch my toes, I gave up. I said, ‘To hell with it.’ And that’s when it happened. The tension in my body released and I lowered down another six inches toward the floor. I got so excited I almost pulled a hamstring. All the years I had been practicing yoga I thought what I needed to touch my toes and to get better in general was more effort. But in fact, I needed more Grace.” Living with ease is Grace. Living with forgiveness and acceptance is Grace. Taking the good with the bad is Grace. Saying “yes” first, rather than “no,” is Grace. Trying new experiences with a light heart is Grace. Knowing that we are filled with forgiveness just because we were born is Grace. You will need equal parts of redemption and emancipation to find transformation, which is not easy. “Today,” the author explains, “I am stronger and more vibrant than ever before. I hauled my tired old ass out of a steep depression to live a better life. I hope to make the second half of my life my best achievement yet. The journey begins with Grace.”

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Michelle Berman Marchildon is The Yogi Muse, an internationally known author, columnist, award-winning journalist, yoga teacher and former executive who left the glamour of a corporate job to raise her family. In the midst of all that excitement, she found time to go upside down on her yoga mat. As an E-RYT 500 Hatha teacher in Denver, Colorado, Michelle is available for workshops and readings, especially if it gets her out of making dinner. Contact her through: www.YogiMuse.com

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B.K.S. Iyengar said that the reason he does a headstand everyday well into his nineties is to confront fear. I get that. Being courageous, having a fearless heart, isn’t about going forward when you have nothing to fear. It’s about going forward when you have everything to fear and you continue anyway. It’s about remembering that the sun will come up the next day, and the next, and the next. For some reason, as I get older, I get more afraid. Rape, cancer, and divorce: I hit the trifecta before I was 30 years old. Statistically, the future should be great! Yet if I am to live with a fearless heart, then I must learn to trust that the future is bright. What makes us believe that even if we survived the past, we won’t be able to survive the future? We are quick to accept as true that we will collapse when we need to be strong. What if, and this might be crazy, insane, radical thinking, what if the qualities in us that helped us endure to this point, what if those same qualities are enough to keep us going full throttle to handle whatever the world brings us in the future? Could you believe in that enough to make it come true? The real reason I come to my yoga mat almost every day isn’t just to improve my practice, or ease an aching muscle, or even to find peace. The real reason is to face my fears and to embrace my strength. Fear can take us over or we can stand our ground. I wage the battle on my mat with a wobbly inversion, or perhaps a claustrophobic forward-fold, or a huge yawning backbend. All deep poses scare me. Yet, I go specifically where I am afraid to go, and I feel a little stronger afterward. Despite my fear, I keep my heart lifted and bright and soft. This is my way of saying, I’m still here! That’s right cancer, and divorce and all the other stuff I endured: I’m still here. I’m still standing in the light, and I’m getting better, wiser and stronger. Once, I made the mistake of feeling so strong that I told the Universe to bring it on, and we were greeted with an audit by the I.R.S. the following week. So, I’m not recommending being badass about it, just optimistic. If you are looking to go somewhere scary, like inside, having the right yoga teacher helps. You should feel just a little braver afterward. Your teacher should make you feel like you are in this together, and they will stay by you, no matter what.

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