Today is officially day 11 of the yoga challenge and we are halfway there! How’s it going? Are you still staying dedicated and getting on mat once a day? Remember, “getting on your mat” totally does not mean you have to go to hard-core vinyasa classes every day! Yesterday, I took one of Polly’s classes via her dvd and my muscles definitely felt “yummy” after. I think, if anything, this challenge is making me fall in love with gentler forms of yoga such as yin yoga, which gives my muscles the deep release they are craving. It’s all about being good to your body!
I wanted to chat a little about compassion today. We talk about it in yoga class all the time, but do you put it to work in your daily life off the mat? There’s many ways you can be a more compassionate person, two of which include volunteering and/or donating monthly to a charity. There’s an old Baptiste yoga saying that says “if you can, you MUST” and I believe that ties in directly to giving compassionately, whether it’s your time or money.
Personally, I sponsor Watoto Living Hope, a ministry in Uganda that supports vulnerable women that have been left abandoned and mutilated. Many of these women are HIV positive and young single mothers. They are cast off from society because they don’t look like everyone else (many times ears, lips and nose have been cut off) and therefore, have no where to go. Watoto is a Christian based organization that helps these women get back on their feet again and provides necessary medical treatment and counseling to those that need it. I felt personally convicted to be a part of this ministry when I first heard about it at a church conference in May. It’s an amazing cause that really spoke straight to my heart and I hope someday I can go volunteer in Uganda and meet some of these women face to face.
I believe we are all called to do our part when it comes to compassion, which might mean giving up a dinner out or pedicure a month to give to a charity you believe in. I urge you to keep up with your yoga practice and use the remaining time left in the challenge to research a charity you feel convicted about. Or, sign up to volunteer at a local food bank! I did that last Thanksgiving and it was an amazing way to serve when I couldn’t be with my own family.
Fortune cookie message from lunch an hour ago. Is someone trying to tell me something?