The Gift of Yoga

If I could go pick it up at the store for you or order it online, I would. I think I would save it to give it to you on a holiday, like Christmas Eve, or maybe even your birthday, or maybe I would secretly save it until you told me what a crappy day you were having and nothing was going right and then I would know that this would turn it all around and make you smile and feel like anything was possible. I would pick out the prettiest wrapping paper or gift bag stuffed with tissue paper in every possible color to let you know this was a special treat, but unfortunately I can’t. I can’t do any of these things because I can’t simply go out and get this for you. This is one of the few things in life you have to go out and get for yourself.

First, you are going to have to really want it. You are going to actually have to want it more than most things you can get in your life. You are going to have to make the decision of whether you truly want to change. Maybe life is fine, good, in fact. Maybe it could be even better. It’s up to you.

It doesn’t matter why you show up. What matters is why you stay and why you continue to try. What will matter is whether you really want everything that goes with it and want to be able to give it to yourself because there is no other way it is going to happen. People often say they want balance and then are soon to jump into the next dramatic turn of events in their lives full force, adding fuel to the fire instead of putting the fire out. People say they want to be healthy, yet can’t find it within them selves to get moving or find the person or thing that may help them heal. People say they want to be able to do what the practitioners around them can do in class, yet only show up a couple of times a month or twice a year.

If you decide you really want it and commit to it and yourself, then it will be yours. The path won’t always be easy, but nothing worth having is easy to come by. You will doubt whether this is something you really want at some point. Your body won’t want to make the change. Your mind will fight you every step of the way. You are going to have to decide to continue on this path or take the next exit. You will be challenged.

But if it really was meant for you, you will continue on, learning every step of the way. You will want to know more. You will seek out the people that have greater knowledge and experience and ask them how to get better, be better, and stay on the path. There will always be someone that knows more. They will share everything they can with you. They want this for you too. Even if they share what they know you still have to do the work. You still have to get to your mat and make it happen. It will always be up to you.

Ultimately, the gift is knowledge of your Self. You will come to know who you are on a different level. You will be connected mind, body, and spirit and value the connection to those around you. Quiet moments won’t agitate you, but will be a welcome return to the space of Now. Time with others will have a focus like never before. Life will not be passing you by.  You will be in your life.

You are going to have to do the work, show up day after day, moment after moment, but I promise, it will be worth it.


Love the blog? You will love the book- available in Paperback, Kindle, and Audio Book on Amazon, Audible, & iTunes! Follow my yoga journey and the accomplishments of five of my students, as well as, recount some of the most popular blog posts in my first book: Views from the Podium: The Life & Times of a Hot Yogi.



Be in the know! To get the latest updates from Tori including upcoming workshops, news, events, private instruction, and book info, go to: and join the email list at the bottom of the page. Great things are in the works – don’t miss out!

7 thoughts on “The Gift of Yoga

  1. Beautiful, extremely well-written post. Been a fan of the website for awhile, definitely needed to hear the words you wrote today….perfect timing! Thank you. I always learn so much by reading your blog. Please, please, keep going…~with gratitude and appreciation, Susan.

    • Thank you for your kind words Susan – they mean a lot to me! I am so glad you enjoyed the post this week and could relate to it. No worries – VFTP is not going anywhere. I am currently working on a book based on the blog – it’s slow work, but worth it. Hope you have a great week in the hot room and thank you, thank you for reading!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.