This week was a monumental one. Our doors opened up. My heart filled up to the tippy top with love and support from you. Yes, you! I felt as if I was teetering out on this limb of hope, blind faith and big, scary dreams. Still do.
Fortunately, I've got yoga. My old standby. My solid rock. Yoga is the one thing that relieved my pain from my neck and back injury all those years ago. It was also my saving grace from the heartache of infertility before I got lucky twice over. Maybe yoga wasn't the only end all be all salve for what ailed me, but it was my doorway to understanding myself and my body with a bit more insight and compassion. It was and is.
So now, on account of a very supportive husband, lots of elbow grease, and week nights and weekends full of effort, I've got an intimate little aerial yoga studio in my house. My house! If you hadn't been here previously, you might never know it used to be a dining room that housed my china and big family dinners until just recently.
These days, when the kids are driving me toward unyogi-like behavior, when I'm walking a fine line between confidence and fear, when I'm blank for direction, I just go in that room. I breathe and move. Breathe and stretch. Breathe and
unfurl. Breathe and flip. It's like magic for me, and I hope it will be for others, too.
This week I watched as friends and neighbors came to this post-dining room sanctuary and laughed, mustered courage, turned on their heads and surprised themselves with their own capabilities. They even smiled while they were there; suspended upside down in the yoga hammock, despite the fact they might be a little unsure.
They did that for themselves, and I was lucky enough to witness it. That's why I'm here, spending all my waking (and some sleeping) hours to make Yogapeutics happen. Because we all need to surprise ourselves sometimes, and it's so amazing to see it when we do.
For me, yoga has always been a metaphor for life. If we can take a breath, create a safe and supported space and dare ourselves to lean back into the wide arms of gravity to do an aerial yoga pose turned on our heads; then perhaps, when life requires the same of us, we will be that much more confident and graceful for the task. Furthermore, when the world is looking as if it's been turned upside down, maybe we can still smile and find the joy, despite the fact we might be a little unsure.
I hope you, too, might come and surprise yourself, try something new, take the accomplishment you feel with you on your journeys. First time around or again and again, I invite you. I'd be delighted to see it and support it. I'd be honored to celebrate it with you.
Come as you are or as you were. It doesn't matter how you come, just come! I promise you'll see the world differently, even if only because you are turned on your head.
Feel good & live well,
Lindsey Lieneck, MS, OTR, RYT, is owner of Yogapeutics in Austin, TX where she has developed the Yogapeutics Aerial Yoga & Mindfulness curriculum for kids. She teaches classes, consults with parents & schools and educates other professionals on the Yogapeutics curriculum. Read more about Lindsey HERE.
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