I’ve been a passionate yogi for about 12 years now, but it was not until the beginning of this year that I felt a true inner calling to practice yoga on a daily basis. I’m not sure I can even put words to all the benefits that have flowed from this sacred dedication.
On a physical level, I’m blossoming – my spine feels so vibrant, so alive, and my whole body is radiating with good energy. Mentally, I feel focused, and less reactive to struggles, and miraculously – I have really stepped into my power, and resolved several issues that no longer served me. Spiritually, I am aligned, connected, happy, on purpose, and I have energy flowing in all directions.
I feel super charged. I’m in the present moment. I’m in the zone!
I know that many of these amazing benefits have flown into my life from my hot yoga- yes, it’s hot yoga that I practice – in a room heated to 105 degrees F, and 40% humidity!!
There is however more to it than just doing the poses. I don’t just show up on my mat, flow through my yoga, and go on with my day. No – when I enter the yoga studio, I first bow to my higher self, then I lay down in child’s pose, Bālāsana, and I pray, and when I say pray, I really mean it. I pray with all my heart.
I pray for help with whatever it is that I’m currently working through. Then I surrender, and just stay in the pose, in devoted prayer, immersed in gratitude. A few minutes before it’s time to start class I turn over to rest on my back, and if time allows, I flow into a serene meditation.
By praying and meditating before we start yoga, all the communication channels open up, we align our heart and soul, and become even more receptive to all the good energy that is generated in the poses.
I am so very grateful for my yoga practice, and my daily prayer on the mat!
With Love & Gratitude,
Anna-Karin Bjorklund is a Therapist (MFTI) in Newport Beach, California, and the Author of Dream Guidance: Interpret Your Dreams and Create the Life You Desire! She loves sharing her joy and passion for dreams and soul growth, and has been interviewed by Money Magazine and Marie Claire UK, and has also appeared on Fox & Friends, and the Steve Harvey TV Show on NBC.