The world has changed. Roughly 10 to 15 years ago yoga classes held in everyday neighborhoods were a new thing. It was something fun to try out and it was trendy to say, “I just got back from a yoga class,” or, “My yoga studio has a nice energy,” flaunting the fact that you were at the apex of what was cool. But even though it started out as something new to try, it lit a fire in some. It woke them up and made them stronger in a way they had never contemplated before. These individuals became yoga warriors. They were few and far between, hard to find, but there among us if you really looked for them.
Where I live new studios open up almost every year and are able to pull in enough clientele to be proven successful even though they have competition down the block. You have the ability to take a Bikram class one day and then skip off to a Vinyasa Flow on the next. Yoga is available via the Internet, cable, or apps for our phones. Tips and pictures appear by the minute in my Facebook or Twitter feed, Instagram, or Pinterest, and every celebrity boasts that its part of their weekly workout regime. The yoga craze doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon because, to put it simply, yoga works. And because of this yoga warriors started to multiply.
Yoga gives you what you need and has the ability to give you things you didn’t even know you needed. You might have shown up at your studio to “get a good stretch” and then over time been able to see your anxiety melt away or have found a new level of patience with your friends and family. Or it was all about losing some weight and gaining some muscle tone, but now you finally have the courage and self-respect to start a new business or make that major life change you always wanted to. Yoga is no longer a trend, for if it was it would silently start receding into the background as other workout options make themselves known, instead of weaving its way into our culture and everyday living.
Now, I know I live in a yoga bubble. It’s a rare moment when I run into someone that isn’t honestly trying to be the best person they can be, whether it be at the studio or in my everyday life. But every week I get to witness new people coming to the studio to give yoga it’s best shot and see if it works for them. And, from where I stand, it usually it does. From where I stand I get to see yoga warriors join the ranks.
And as each week I see more and more people taking their first steps into the studio I can’t help but be excited for the way this is starting to shape our society. Could you imagine if our parents or our parent’s parents had a yoga practice? Or if major corporations back in the day had yoga rooms and sessions available to them during their lunch break? Or if kids grew up watching their parents demonstrate the importance of listening to their breath, being aware of their surroundings, and having respect for themselves and world around them? Life would be different for sure. But this is what is happening today and we don’t even blink an eye at it or give it any serious thought.
It has developed slowly and taken its time, but now we have an army of yoga warriors going to battle everyday. Yoga warriors know that there’s something more to this life than we’ve been told. That we don’t need to fade into the distance as each year passes by, but we get to live life to its fullest potential, realizing our worth and the miracle gift our bodies and our life can become. Yoga warriors give everything they can to those that surround them and see it multiply in every direction. Yoga warriors inspire and glow, they conquer fears, and bend, squeeze, stretch and breathe this life into mental and physical health. Yoga warriors share the yoga and are excited to do so. They want more people to cultivate a yoga practice. They know how it changes the world. Your world. Your children’s world. And the world of each individual you come in contact with.
You might not know it yet, but you are a yoga warrior. You go into battle each day. You are brave, humble, and constantly working towards becoming the best expression of You. And though you might think you are small or insignificant I believe each one of us you has the power to change the world.
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