Bent Into Shape


Submitted a year ago
Created by
Leigh Ann Root

A yoga lifestyle involves introspection, outward impacts, harmonizing with nature, mindfulness, living peacefully and presently within circumstances.

Yoga found me. I didn't even know I was lost. Ten years ago, at a kickboxing certification I decided to spend a few extra bucks on a PIYO (Pilates & Yoga hybrid) certification. They were offering a special and I appreciate a good bargain. This choice sent me in a new direction, a personal path toward becoming.

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This certification was a first glimpse into the yoga world. This time coincided with the adoption of our daughter. The 'rearview-view' significantly reflects how spiritual and soulful this time period was. Little by little, yoga crept in and contributed to this meaningful time.

For two years I became a student of yoga and absorbed it when I could. Next, I earned my 200 hour teacher training in Costa Rica with a dear friend. The spiritually rich journey continued.

Once I understood the logistics of postures, yoga settled in and took up permanent residency. The timing was perfect. It inspired the opening of Reaching Roots Yoga Company. Where, for three years, I connected with spectacular souls. Together, we rooted, reached, flowed, glowed, and bent ourselves into endless shapes. Our breath got deeper and so did our connection to ourselves.

Yoga gave me a foundation that would serve me well for many challenges ahead. You see, yoga is a tool we can use to dig further into who we are, learning how strong we can be.

The mindset and physical poses of yoga can help and heal us. The postures are designed to open up places in our bodies where energy is blocked due to a variety of reasons; stress, emotions, lifestyle and trauma. Yoga connects us with our breath and it's power. The variety of shapes result in balance, flexibility and strength.  Yoga links the mind and spirit with the physical. It challenges us to reach further, marinate in moments and let go. This, we take off the mat and into our worlds.

In addition, it slows our pace and clears our heads. It separates us from non-sense. It silences. The quiet brings awareness and answers. It reminds us that joy is found within and unfolds as we connect back to self.

A yoga lifestyle involves introspection, outward impacts, harmonizing with nature, mindfulness, living peacefully and presently within circumstances. It's individually unique. Yoga is meeting ourselves and others, right where we are at and living fully from this place with the absence of judgment.

Yoga is not about yoga pants, specialty equipment, striking perfect poses or spiritual quotes and sayings. Yoga is a feeling that sweetens the soul, empowers the body and strengthens the mind. When we commit to the discipline of a physical practice the benefits are continuous.

We show up on our mats for ourselves. We seek betterment and connection to our purpose and hearts desires. This gifts us a more graceful way of living.

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