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Summer Fun!!

What a summer so far!

I hope everyone has had a chance to get outside and enjoy the long days of  this wonderful season!  I feel like this is the time my fuel tank fills and carries me through out the rest of the year, taking every opportunity to get outside and soak up all that Mother Nature has to offer.

I just returned from two weeks in the Shuswap lakes of BC, a favorite place of mine to evolve my yoga practice while watching the water, noticing an Osprey over head, and just taking the time to see what is going on around me.  If you get a chance each day stop for a moment, look around, and just notice what is in front of you.  Take the lists out of your mind, the thoughts of what you didn't get accomplished and observe where you are at the moment.  

I was incredibly excited this summer to be able to measure how yoga can change how a body feels and performs.  Let me explain!  

Since I was a child I have always loved water sports, skiing in particular.  As the years have gone on the thought sits at the back of my mind that there is a limit to how long you can be dragged behind a boat, the strength it takes to get yourself out of the water, and the balance it takes to navigate across the wake.  Floating behind the boat, grasping the handle to the tow rope wondering if you have the strength to hold on in order to be on top of the water!  AND this is with only one ski on too!  I have often wondered when will it be time to start getting up on two skis instead of one, and how long will I be able to do this for.  

I took a deep breath, focused on my core, and yelled go.  To my amazement I got up on the first try, found my rhythm and have never felt stronger and more comfortable behind the boat!  I was ecstatic!!  Even back when I was a teenager, into my 20's, and 30's nothing felt better and more secure than I did this summer!  
Over the last year my yoga practice has increased quite a bit, teaching three times a week, and my practice at home.  Over all I am probably doing yoga on average 5 times a week.  Some days longer than others, some days only 5 minutes, others an hour.  Its what ever I have time for.  
Taking that time has paid off in how young I feel, both physically and mentally.  Yoga gives us the ability to do all of this!  Chalk up another reason why yoga is one of the best things for your body!    

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