My Epiphany

Wednesday, March 19

Two weeks ago, I had an epiphany.  

I was ogling at one of the many Yogi Instagram accounts that I follow, and I thought, 

I am never going to be as young or as strong as I am today.

It made me feel a little sad.

  And then suddenly it made me feel so incredibly motivated.  

After my surgery for melanoma cancer 2 years ago, my right arm has given me countless problems.  It swells up and aches, and as a result of this I have largely avoided any poses that are very challenging to my upper limbs for the past while.

Although I've never been able to directly collaborate any single yoga pose using my arms with the onset of a painful arm episode, I've just not challenged with myself with any.

Last year, on our Yoga retreat, our teacher shared the most wonderful story with us.

She told us of an elderly lady whom she had met that week.  She was in her 70's, and still did Yoga everyday.  This lady said that when she was 7 years old, her friends Mother was doing Yoga at home, and moved deeply into a forward bend in sitting.  She was fascinated by this and asked her why she was doing so.  "Because," said the women, "if I do this everyday until I'm 70, I will still be able to do it when I am 70." 

Today, that 7 year old, is in her 70's, and still doing yoga daily.

In the minutes after my epiphany, I thought back to the 70 year old, who did a few Yoga poses everyday from when she was 7 years old.

 I promised myself right there and then that I would be able to do a headstand by the end of this year.  

It was like a switch flipped in my mind and I became a little obsessed with the idea.  It was a Thursday, and I practiced for 10 minutes twice each day for the next few days. 

By Tuesday evening I could do a headstand by myself. You can see me doing on this morning, here on Instagram.

It also obviously inspired my 40 Days of Yoga Challenge.

And then this week I was reading my Om Yoga Magazine, and I saw a short feature about Mary Brewer, aged 95, who still regularly practices Yoga and believes everybody should do Yoga.

 The photograph alongside the feature, shows Mary in a pose that I can't even hold!

If that is not inspiration for starting your Yoga practice today, then I'm not sure what is.

Seriously, you will be amazed by how much stronger your body will become, and it will happen so much more quickly than you could imagine.

To read more about Mary and for further Yoga inspirations, download the Om Yoga Magazine here!

Disclaimer: The kind people at Om Yoga Magazine, have given me a free online subscription in return for me occasionally sharing articles in the magazine on Berry Diaries. Considering that I buy the magazine every month anyway, I was delighted to be asked, and I hope that you enjoy hearing about the online Om Yoga magazine on here too!

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