I know I have talked in previous blogs about how yoga and meditation together have helped me tremendously to come to terms with a lot of my anxieties and unhealthy living patterns. They specifically, along with other lifestyle changes, helped me move past a bad burnout and depression I experienced last Spring. I pretty much practice every day, usually in the am, or my body and mind feel the difference, and not in a good way, let me tell you. I was thinking of how important these art forms were for me during a walk around my neighborhood a few days ago. It was cold, bitterly cold as its been all this month, but sunny, and the sun was like a balm for my stressed mind. As I walked and did my physical workout for the morning, I started thinking how yoga is like a balm for my spirit in the same way, almost like prayer, which I also do every day. Physically we need to move our bodies to keep healthy limbs and minds, and spiritually I believe that the same thing applies. If I’m not in touch with how I’m feeling on the inside, nervous, overwhelmed, happy, present in the moment, I won’t be able to make any major decisions or move forward in my life on the outside. For me, moving forward has meant learning to be still, and see and feel my feelings to know how and what I have to do next. This has meant the difference between mental health and burnout. Try it. There are so many great yoga workouts and meditations available online or on video. If in doubt about your abilities, join a class. I can honestly say that yoga has given me back my inner peace, and with inner peace, we can change the world, one person at a time. Until next time.