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You’ve heard it before in any number of ways, you must love yourself before you can truly love others. By genuinely loving and accepting yourself, your mere presence brings happiness to others, and the love you exude is infectious. I start and end every class by having my students express love to themselves first. Here’s that very exercise; you can start and end every day with love.
Close your eyes and place your right hand over your heart.
Feel your heart, your center.
Now, place your left hand over your right hand.
Connect with yourself, the center of your being, the source of your love.
Send yourself love, compassion, affection, forgiveness, patience, acceptance.
Breathe in and receive that love.
Now, bring your hands together in prayer at your heart.
And, send out the same love, compassion, affection, forgiveness, patience, acceptance.
Breathe out and send love.
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha
– Your Charmed Yogi
More Charmed Yogi posts on love:
- Kindness is always possible
- Always lead with your heart
- Selfishly be someone else’s miracle
- 20 ways to open your heart – on and off the mat
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Since I started this blog, and started telling my story, specifically, “When Breathing isn’t Easy – A Cystic Fibrosis Adult’s Journey to Teaching Yoga,” I began to get emails from people with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) or parents of children with CF from all over the world. I’ve done my best to give advice based on what I’ve learned and on my own personal experience. I often hear from yogis with CF about their struggles with practicing yoga without being self-conscious, which I don’t think is unique to people with CF.
So, here’s a letter to the yogis who have expressed doubt about pursuing yoga because they are afraid some aspect of their illness will be bothersome to other people in a yoga class. While this one is targeted at someone with CF, the message is applicable to all of the yogis out there battling chronic illness.
“Dear Awesome Yogi,
Again, while I know this is slanted for someone with a respiratory disorder, the message is the same. Don’t be ashamed of who you are, no matter what. If you have an illness that you’re battling and someone in your yoga class is ‘disturbed’ by it. That’s their problem to work through. Allow you to be yourself, and all that comes with it. Accept yourself with the same unconditional love you would show a child who needs you.
Love starts with you.
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