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October 20, 2012 by Leanne Vogel July 21, 2014The lovely Dawn Mauricio is back to share her yogi wisdom with us all! During her last visit, she inspired us with her journey to live a life she’s passionate about and today she’s sharing how a deep practice of yoga has transformed her life. Take it away, Dawn!
[source]I am more confident and playful. After months of regular practice I noticed the benefits in my yoga practice were in my life. As I got stronger I became more confident. Yoga taught me that if I persevered with patience, my hard work would pay off. Additionally, as I got more flexible I became more playful. Trying difficult and sometimes scary poses and variations that resulted in me falling on my butt or face in a room full of strangers, taught me how to laugh things off. These benefits are particularly noticeable around children – my strength and flexibility, confidence and playfulness keep me young and allows me to jump and crawl with the best of them. I feel connected and calm. In yoga we are always playing with our edge, which is our limit in stretch, strength, endurance, and balance. It is also where real transformation begins as it is just outside our comfort zone. However, in order to walk the line of my edge, I have to be acutely aware of my body’s messages in each pose so as to not injure myself. These messages appear as subtle changes in sensation or breath, and this fine observation increases my concentration and connection to both body and breath. Consequently, when I’m feeling connected, I also feel calm as I am often not thinking about anything else in those moments.
[source]I am able to tap into my intuition and creativity. With increased connection to my body, I became more familiar with my “gut feeling,” which I learned is, in great part, my intuition. In life, when I have an uncomfortable gut feeling I refer to the tools that yoga has equipped me with – grounding myself by coming back to my bodily sensations, observing my breath, or, if necessary, making adjustments to come back to balance. It was this intuition that gave me the courage to leave my marketing job. Even though I didn’t know what I would do next, the answer of “NOT Marketing” came from such a deep place inside of me I knew I could not ignore it. Regarding creativity, in my younger days I was quite uptight about making art as I was very afraid of being made fun of. Over the years, yoga has helped me loosen up and I have started creating in my own ways – molding play doh creatures, making collages, colouring mandala stencils, and arranging flowers. Creating in these ways has proved to be meditative and fun – it gets me out of my head and into the moment, leaves me feeling spacious, grounded, and most importantly, playful.
[source]Yoga is extending off the mat and into the rest of my life. The benefits of a yoga and meditation practice are so rich I started to feel them overflow off my mat and into the rest of my life. These “pockets of retreat” are a part of my everyday and help me stay grounded and aware despite the intensity of city life. It looks a little like this:
HI! I’M LEANNE
Nutrition educator + keto enthusiast. I want to live in a world where every woman loves her body, nourishing fats are enjoyed at every meal, and the word “restriction” isn’t in the dictionary.