Following my mindfulness post, I want to share something new I have discovered this year that has transformed my life... hot yoga. It's a beautiful thing, really. A room is heated to 97deg with a 50% humidity. You can't breathe at first. But then as the sweat begins to bead and roll of you're face, you're body begins to soften, and so does you're mind. And amazing things happen. Scary things happen. You become more aware of you're breathe, of every muscle, of you're thoughts, you're emotions. And less aware of that dialogue we all have every day of the to do list, of the anxieties and the pressures. Flashback 8 months ago to when I was suffering. A year of not being able to do anything, pain, and mental anguish were torturing me. And then I heard about hot yoga and thought to myself, I have nothing to lose. And everything to gain. I am used to training all or nothing. Ever you push you're body to the extreme limits. Mind over matter. But this kind of training, was different. "Mindfullness, the practice of compassion and understanding..the feeling that we are enough just as we are" Thich Nhat Hanh Quieting the mind, to be still yet powerful, is probably the hardest part. I come into the class, and arrive. I notice my body. What is it saying to me? What does it need/not need? And then I listen to that, and its ok. Whatever that is. Somedays I show up to class and am in childs pose most of the time.Other times I am more limber and can move and explore and push some boundaries. But about all else, I am in that room. And only in that room. Yoga is teaching me to love myself more, to embrace my body for what it is. Not what it used to do or the pain it is offering now, but just truly here and now being gracious to my self.