What does it mean to be strong. The power of finding strength in mind and body.
Is it just emotional strength that enables us to make tough decisions or do we need to feel strong?
I started my Yoga journey in January 2017. I didn’t feel strong enough to make the decisions that I knew would ultimately result in happiness and eventually finding peace. I always thought I was a strong person, I could hold it together in difficult situations and would allow myself to cry if need be. However, through the years I had never actually felt like a strong person. It was only after I started practicing yoga that I realised that working on my physical strength gave me the emotional strength I needed.
"At that moment, just as I was about to bring my knees down I took another deep breath, held and closed my eyes. Then, in that moment I felt stronger than ever, I was not going to give up."
The penny dropped about a month into my yoga practice during a Hatha Flow class. I was holding a plank during a sun salutation and my teacher told us to hold – ‘just hold for one more breath’ he said *and as you know it always feels like a life time and you think ‘how much longer, I can’t hold this for much longer, ahhhhh’* Then the moment came and he said, ‘bring your knees down if you need to, yoga is not about punishment BUT if you can hold it for one more breath you will break through something’. At that moment, just as I was about to bring my knees down I took another deep breath, held and closed my eyes. Then, in that moment I felt stronger than ever, I was not going to give up. As soon as I released the posture I cried. I cried tears of joy, pain, freedom but most of all strength! I was strong enough to hold a plank for five breaths and if I could do that, I could do ANYTHING!