I celebrated my first year of practicing yoga by going to the beach (and celebrating my mom’s birthday, too). The beach felt more different than a year before. Was it because I was more mindful of all the elements in the area, things I never noticed before? There was something beautiful about it.
The reason why I went to yoga was to get rid of the toxicity that I allowed to seep into my life. I didn’t have work, my then-boyfriend (now husband) and I were fighting a lot, and my world was so small. Today, my world revolves around the universe, my husband and I don’t fight as often anymore, and I feel very secure in my current job.
I could see I’ve changed a bit—but I can’t say the same for my waistline haha. Basically, yoga became that It’s been a good ride lately. And I’m sure those new to yoga will have something to relate to in this list of milestones that I’ve done through yoga.
- I’m less afraid of going out now. How? Yoga has helped me decide what event is more meaningful and what’s better to attend.
- Fewer panic attacks. My panic attacks lately have been far and wide. I had one last month, but I couldn’t remember the one before that.
- I’ve gone vegan! Plus, I’ve regained my love for understanding environmental issues, a childhood advocacy of mine (I wanted to be a marine biologist, specializing in understanding sharks).
- I meditate more. From sporadic moments of peace to consistent 20-minute sessions every day.
- My work doesn’t feel needlessly stressful anymore. It could be I’ve matured because of yoga, or yoga balances my work life.
- What I want in life is more concrete than ever before. And this blog proves it.
- When things screw up, I cry for a while, then proceed to just love the present moment. Before taking yoga I would make a big fuss about of it. Today though I face problems and let it all pass. I choose which problems to solve and which ones to let be.
- Losing weight isn’t a big priority on my list now. It still is, but only because of my PCOS, and not for anything else.
- Sleep feels more relaxing now.
- I’ve filtered out the companies I choose to be in.
- I’ve learned to quiet my mind… or rather, I’m still learning it (but at least it’s better than before).
- I used to feel weird looking at my body in front of the mirror. Now I’m all “your skin allergies are screwed up but that doesn’t mean you are.”
- Life for me is no longer a schedule, but more of “as guided” by the universe.
- Money is still a big part of my life (who else will pay the bills, the rent, and the groceries), but I make it a point to give back in the best way I know how.
- I discovered my passion for the environment and energy healing.
- I’ve suddenly become everyone’s yoga studio review site, although I only go to one in Makati.
- Most of my friends on facebook are either vegans, yogis, or crystal geeks. Or any combination of the three.
- I rely so much on the kindness of strangers… and my mom.
- I’m the type of yogi who listens to Kundalini mantras and sleep’s to Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money.”
- I’m still afraid to dance, but I don’t mind moving my body that much anymore.
- My life is 60% alternative medicine and 40% modern medicine, but 100% “food as medicine.”
- I can sleep anytime, anywhere (which may be a bad thing at work, haha).
- I’m making plans to be initiated in Kriya Yoga after I’ve finished Autobiography of a Yogi.
- On that note, I want to ba a yoga teacher. Yin and Jivamukti.
- I pay more attention to my breath.
- The world has become my yoga studio. I climb on virtually anything now.
- I tell people to do yoga, be vegan, or both. And I’m either met with raised eyebrows or pleasant nods.
- Downward Facing Dog is a rest pose for me.
- You have to force me to eat at a fast-food place.
- I’ve lost my fear of acupuncture, and now my body is craving for anything that involves energy healing.
- I’ve become inspired by people whose faith is strong. Also, as much as I don’t want to judge, but I’ve become critical of people who say their faith is strong but get paid to weaken it.
- I know so well what I want, and it’s not a damn MBA (thinking between nutrition or Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness)
- Aside from meditating regularly, I pray more often. Not in the Catholic tradition where I was brought up in. But more in thanksgiving and asking for more strength. The universe knows what I want and she will give it to me.
- I’ve learned to find that sweet spot without giving too much or too little.
- I’m starting to laugh at my mistakes, and I get up after I fall.
- Being aligned isn’t all that it’s said to be.
This was supposed to be 108 milestones, but then I went down to 54, and finally to 36. It’s not because it’s lazy, but because, like in #34, I found my sweet spot. This is how yoga helped me. And now, I’m helping myself.