Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Hi Youthful Yogis!
The other day I introduced you to a cat named Ping...


I wish I could say that Ping is a cuddly, sweet cat. Unfortunately, the honest truth is that Ping is usually kind of crabby.

"Who me, crabby?!"

I'm not sure what puts Ping in a bad mood: maybe he wasn't treated well as a kitten (his current owners adopted him when he was six months old.) Or maybe he doesn't know how to express his emotions!

"I have no idea how to express what I am feeling right now!"

Whatever the situation, Ping's owners have learned to give him a lot of space!

Open Space

Talking about Ping and his crazy moods reminds me that we all experience lots of different emotions in a given day...sometimes we are happy:

Other times we feel kind of sad:

Just like Ping we might feel crabby:

Or really, really peaceful:

"No worries!"

The great thing about yoga is that is helps us to accept all our emotions!  We learn to check in with how we are feeling and by so doing we take a step towards a deeper understanding of ourselves and others.

Here's an idea, Youthful Yogis...take a few moments every day to breathe deeply. Imagine you have a little camera inside your body and inside your brain as well. Take some pictures! Notice how your body feels...notice what's going on in your head. You might be surprised by what you find!


Once you are aware of your own situation, it will be lots easier to move through your day...and your yoga practice as well:

"I did not sleep well last night!"

"...and this is just the yoga pose I need!!"

Well, I guess you get the idea here, Youthful Yogis. We all have good days and less-than-good days. And with this in mind, I don't blame Ping for his crabby moods. In fact, I kind of respect the fact that he lets everyone know when he wants to be left alone! Still, I wish he could take a chill pill now and then. I guess that would look something like this...

Serious chilling!

That's all for now. Have a great day and I'll see you again soon!


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