Why I do Yoga : Angie

Why do you practice yoga? Ask 10 different people in Sioux City, and you’ll likely hear 10 different answers. We’re sharing why some of our students practice in this new blog series: Why I do Yoga. Interested in contributing? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Email us at hello@evolvesiouxcity.com

Today we’re sharing a post from Angie, a regular student in Therapeutic Yoga classes. Enjoy!

yoga-painful-joints-sioux-cityOn my mat, I am free.
Releasing daily challenges that constrict my mind and body creates energy and space for joy. During moments of mindfulness, I focus on the glorious breath that sustains me, not the uncontrollable situations that bind me. As we bend, stretch and reach I feel strong and empowered, even if I only move an inch. I feel a rush of energy tingle through my arms and legs at the end of class as my mind and soul are rejuvenated naturally.
On my mat, there’s no judgment. Nobody laughs at my swollen joints or wobbly stance. I’m not defined by my diagnoses, belly roll or messy hair. There are no deadlines or need for do-overs. You don’t have to be bendy or athletic. Everything is accepted.
You don’t have to be bendy or athletic. Everything is accepted.
I made yoga part of my daily health regime when I finally decided that I deserve physical and emotional freedom. I was tired of the daily body-eroding medications and lingering depression that accompanies chronic illness. Each day I juggle the physical and mental challenges of multiple autoimmune conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease and eczema. I’m also working through a pivotal point in my life colored with several layers of grief, loss and acceptance.
I know I’m not alone when I say we all have too much weighing on our minds and hearts. For me, that heaviness melts away when I step onto my yoga mat. It’s just me. That’s all. And, that’s enough.  I hope to see you in a yoga class soon!
~ Angie, Sioux City, IA.
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