by Jessica Dunlap
Last week I read, “If it scares you and excites you at the same time, you should probably try it.” I feel it in my bones, that 2017 is the year of exciting and scary adventures. When it comes to yoga , I have always had this fear. Being a teacher and practitioner for almost six years now, you’d think my fears would have disintegrated by now. There’s always that worry though, what if I’m not training enough, learning enough, researching enough? I’ve always had this resistance to make yoga my everything. To dive and delve into every aspect, and make it my world. I always keep back ups, back up jobs, back up plans, which is great and all, however, this year is going to be different. I am going to put all of my trust and my love into what I value the most in my world (besides family of course); my yoga.
Opportunities will arise in your 2017, just like they are doing for me. It’s up to you if you are going to take the chance. If you don’t try, how will you ever know if you’ll succeed? If you feel there’s a pull, some whispering in your ear telling you what’s missing in your life, you might regret not taking the jump.
I think starting our Beginner Series at Destin Hot Yoga in January is the perfect time. January is all about new beginnings, in all aspects of our lives. Yoga is a great place to start. I left yoga once. About three years ago, I stopped practicing for an entire year. Want to know what happened? My entire world started falling apart, piece by piece. Of course I didn’t realize it at the time, but yoga was my peace. It was where I found my truth in my world. Through my asana (posture) and pranayama (breath) practice, that is where I found my deepest meaning. Making my way back to yoga was the best thing I could have ever done for myself. I hope those who are maybe starting their journey with yoga at Destin Hot Yoga, or those taking the beginner series to bring it back to the basics, find the truth like I did. It starts out as just movements to find strength, or find flexibility, but it will creep up on you. For some it might take longer, but it will happen. Yoga will happen to you, and 2017 is the perfect year for it.
Along with new beginnings in 2017 come the New Year’s resolutions. Everyone makes a vow, a promise to themselves. Usually this promise is to better themselves in some form or fashion. I do feel that taking care of you first is obviously the most important. What I love most though, is witnessing resolutions for others. Resolutions to help others, to be kinder to others, do something for another living being. We get so carried up in ourselves, and our daily world, our goals; everything I was reading last year about 2016 resolutions was me, me, me. Maybe this year, you do something for someone else. This is why I love Destin Hot Yoga. Along with our beginner’s series or our 30 day challenge coming up, we are offering a community class every week for $5. Want to know why I think this is awesome? Because it is giving back. It is giving to the community, so everyone can experience yoga. So maybe everyone can have the chance of finding their truth, no matter the cost.
A woman came up to me last week in the studio and said, “I realize how much yoga is affecting my life. From work to my kids, I am calmer. Things that used to send me over the edge, now I take a breath and move past it much easier.” To me, this woman is finding her peace. Maybe 2017 is the time to find yours.