Days 14+15: Body Love Yoga Challenge {coming home}

ImageSo you may {or may not} notice that today is another 2 for 1 blog special.  See I had every intention of blogging yesterday, but the truth is I made an unexpected trip home this week to Chicago and spent much of the day with my family. Home was calling and I answered. And with that I think I took one of the best yoga classes of my life today at a studio near my parents in Barrington, Illinois - Nirvana Yoga Studio.

It was one of those classes where literally I felt like it was tailored to me and my life. Everything our amazing teacher, Jean, said; I heard.  And everything she said I felt was spoken specifically for me.  Like the multiple mentions of 'coming home' to find a sense of well-being and ease within.

Of course the reality was, what she said was meant for everyone in the room and I wasn't anything special.  I just had to show up and be present.  That's what I think yoga is all about.  Showing up and being present - Coming Home.

Coming home to the quiet place - whether it be within, on the mat or literally home in the physical sense - to find that sense of peace and serenity.

Actually, isn't that what life is really about?  Finding a stillness, a sense of peace in what is the present moment.  Perhaps coming home is a time of surrendering? Surrendering to all that is, whether it is a moment of joy or a time of suffering - we can come home to find the stillness and peace that is within each of us.    To me Coming Home is a time of rest, of rejuvenation, a time to simply just be.

I felt so present to my practice today, to my thoughts, feelings and emotions that I left undoubtedly with a bit more pep in my step {oh yes I did} and sparkle in my eye.

I so needed to come home.  To come home to my family, to come home to me and yes, to come home to my yoga mat.

I took a picture of this quote in the bathroom at the studio - do you believe this?  I can honestly say, hands down, I have faith that every instance of my life is just as it's supposed to be.  The good, the great, the bad and the oh-so ugly moments are all blessings and lessons for me to practice gratitude and this idea of finding peace within for what is, exactly the way it is.

In line with this idea of coming home and being mindful is this quote I saw on a friend's facebook page today from Ram Dass.  When you are feeling overwhelm for the future or turmoil about the past try asking yourself these two questions and see if it brings you back to the present.

Ask yourself: Where am I? Answer: Here. Ask yourself: What time is it? Answer: Now. Say it until you can hear it.

Here is my schedule for the remainder of my time in Chicago:

Sunday:  Lulu Yoga with my sis downtown

Monday: Beginner's Yoga with my parents at Nirvana Yoga {oh yes, first time class with the pods - cannot wait!!!  I know they are just as excited ;-)}

Tuesday: Yoga with my oldest friend ever - well not really oldest as in age, just oldest as in we've been friends for over 25 years...I know, wild!!!

Wednesday: At home yoga courtesy of www.yogaglo.com  {have any of you ever tried this site??  My yoga teacher today said it is AWESOME - can't wait to try!}

I'll be back to Seattle Thursday so stay posted for my class schedule later in the week; I would so love to have any of you join me in the home stretch of our 31 day Body Love Yoga Challenge!!!

So much love, light and peace as you journey to find your own way home.

xxoo, Jamie