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i practice Ashtanga Yoga, not to become fit or strong in my body, those are only a bonus.

i move IN my physical body through my
practice; i know each posture well. i meditate
only upon my breath. i listen to my body talk to
me about how she is feeling; she whispers to
me “something doesn’t feel right”, and in that moment i ask my ego to step down.
 in that moment i am able to act in a way that
is nurturing and kind, because 
my mat is home.

i listen for each breath, and if i can’t hear it, i pull back – i breathe deeply again. with each inhale, 
i pull prana into every individual cell, renewing my energy in an instant… then i let go of any ‘stuff’ making me heavy, as my belly pulls in toward my spine. i relax into the present.

my busy, noisy mind becomes still and my
 trapped emotions rise from the depths of their. hiding places. i am able to FEEL it clearly and i
am allowed to express it freely, because, my mat is home.

the challenge does not lie in the difficulty of the posture, comes from our relationship with the
mind. in our ability to bring ourselves back into
the present and know, without doubt, that we ARE enough – that anything is possible.

i often get lost in the labyrinth between my ears; i have even wanted to die to escape those uncomfortable sensations.
 the gripping darkness.

i practice Ashtanga Yoga to come
home,
remember that i am the
 universe in a human. i practice because it makes me TRULY happy and free.

“lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu”

may all beings everywhere be truely happy and
free; may my actions, thoughts and words
contribute in some way to this happiness, for all.

 

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My name is Jasmine and I want to share my experiences in the hopes that my journey may help another.

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