Life is such a cycle. Go through shit; GROW. Pretty much the core of a human evolving into a being. The conflict arises at the barrier of going through a struggle and having that breakthrough moment within yourself that says you're not only going to make it through this; you're going to be better than you were before. We have to make the CHOICE to put emphasis on this part of the process or we end up GOING THROUGH situations and not GROWING through; leaving room for unhealed emotions to creep back later. It get's very difficult to keep this at the forefront when life hits you unexpectedly and hard. It takes discipline, focus, and a humbled will to want to be better on a spiritual level. 

YOGA gives me this clarity. It's an escape for my spirit to be cleansed of all the BS. All the calls, texts, daily agendas, social networks, pressures, insecurities, the current conflicting situation, and the pull of being there for others through their struggles. It gets HEAVY,but  practicing yoga always re-directs me to my peace. It reminds me of the power of centering myself; conquering these issues a lot easier, making the load LIGHT. 

I did not deeply get into yoga until major conflict shook my world, age 19/20, and again recently.  The practice, when done deeply, really does connect the mind, body, and soul. Sounds cheesy; I know!! ( S/o to all the yogis who have experienced that feeling!) It really is a high. It doesn't matter if I am going through Vinyasa flows,breaking sweats, or meditating in down dog for 20 minutes. The practice is what you make it; always inclusive to MINDFULNESS. It's all in the breathing. Consistently taking deep breaths and focusing on controlling the breath through movements, occupies the mind so much that it is really difficult to think about on-the-surface things. The deeper you go, the deeper you breath; the easier it is to let go of all the little things that really don't matter. It brings me back into consciousness of my TRUTH.

It has put so much peace in my life. It is part of my religion.

Really making it a goal to practice at least 3 days out of the week this August. BALANCE is key. Much needed emphasis on balance in my life right now. 

"No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for 'we' are the only thinkers in our mind. When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives. 
Louise L. Hay