In our new 6 week series' together we are working with Core Strength. Not just abdominal strength, though we've begun here in classes this week, but we will be delving deeper into the meaning of Yoga Practice. More specifically into the meaning of Personal Yoga Practice. In classes we've begun physically with Core Strength in asana (postures). Online here, I'm beginning with the deepest, most personal Core Strength of Practice- with ritual and self study.
Yesterday I went in for my monthly infusion to treat my Multiple Sclerosis and to slow it's progression. There is so much controversy within the MS community and within the Chronic Conditions community as well about medication. To medicate or not to. My treatment plan is what's right for Me. I've struggled in the past (and at times in the present I admit) with the decisions I've had to make regarding My treatment plan. I want to be that person who can just have a super disciplined practice and lifestyle and never get hit again by the MS-ness. I've tried that route. It didn't work for me.
That's right. I am a Yoga teacher, Yoga student and Yoga advocate that medicates, that drinks coffee, eats meat, enjoys a cocktail with friends and gasp* sometimes will let a Yoga practice slide in honor of sleeping in or in honor of being lazy. What?!!! It's true. I'm human and that's all I represent myself as.
I hear, read and digest others opinions of what I should do and who I should be. I take it with a grain of salt. What my Personal Yoga Practice has taught me is to unapologetically be ME. Yes, myself, not the version of myself that someone or some book says/thinks I should be. That- is NOT Yoga!
My ritual, my self study, the things at the deepest core center of my Personal Yoga Practice teaches me to be proud of who I am, to lovingly take care of my medical and human needs to be the best version of myself. These practices hold me calm and centered when a well meaning student, teacher, friend or doctor tells me "I should" be something/one other than me.
I teach Yoga Empowered, not Yoga Be Who I am. Be Your best self. Be your own Guru and the light unto Yourself. I'll be right there along the way with you doing the exact same thing- practicing with compassion, diligence and a good heart to be my best self. With or without MS, I am Suzanne. You, beautiful Being, can be your best self as well.
Personal Yoga Practice builds Core Strength. The very heart of your Being. Core strength to weather any storm, to stand firm when others may bring you down, to remain pure at heart and in spirit regardless of what anyone else says, does or believes about you.
I am Suzanne Stephens and I am empowered by my Personal Yoga Practice.
I'll toast to that!
Rock Your Practice!