“Yoga is about making friends with life and with yourself. There is no lifestyle, no occupation, no situation that cannot be greatly enhanced by yoga. Yoga is not something that should be set apart from one’s life. Rather it should become the taproot from which the other aspects of your life are nourished and regenerated.” ~Godfrey Devereaux
Welcome to March. Welcome to the promise of Spring. In DC, February tends to be a hard month – cold, dark, and dreary. March is full of promise. Cherry blossoms are around the corner. Yellow daffodils will soon start peeking up through the barren earth. We’ll begin shedding the many layers that have bound us during the winter months. At tranquil space, we’re offering oodles of events, classes, and retreats to assist you with blooming into spring.
The above quote speaks volumes on the value of yoga. I reread it and use it regularly. At Tranquil Space we focus on yoga as a lifestyle, not just the physical practice of poses. Our thoughts, words, and actions all have the power to enhance others when chosen wisely. What does it matter if you can do a perfect handstand, but you do work everyday that isn’t aligned with your values? Or you meditate daily, but struggle in your relationships? The practice of yoga seeps into every aspect of our being beckoning us to become more and more mindful.
This month take a moment to reflect on how your aspirations are unfolding. It’s so easy to go through life on auto-pilot reacting only to daily drama; it takes courage to reflect. Are you still taking one step daily toward your goals? Do the goals you set at the beginning of the year still resonate? Are you starting to feel antsy with your current reality? What’s at the root of the feeling? Sometimes a few simple moments alone with your thoughts or writing in your journal can bring great clarity for moving forward. Recently I spent a day at the National Cathedral during the Women’s Spirituality event and I found the experience to be incredibly moving. Simply being in the reflective space had profound effects.
These challenging economic times have brought about a nice push toward simplicity and this month is perfect for embarking on the movement. Relish in simple pleasures. Clean our your closets. Pack your lunch. Take your vitamins. Spend time with friends. Soak in the tub. Take a yin class. Do legs up the wall. Sip hot tea (sweet rose by Tulsi is my new favorite). Write a thank you note. Take a few moments to just be – no agenda. May this new season offer you fresh insights, cut flowers, and sacred time for renewal.
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Kimberly Wilson is a teacher, designer, writer, activist, and entrepreneur with a master’s in women’s studies. She is the founder of Tranquil Space Yoga in Washington, D.C. She penned Hip Tranquil Chick with hopes of inspiring fellow femmes to lead a mindfully extravagant life on and off the yoga mat. When she’s not bookstore browsing, you’ll find her designing the eco-luxe TranquiliT lifestyle clothing collection and her chunky gemstone jewelry line, sipping tea, or leading retreats globally. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart Living Radio and in Daily Candy, Fit Yoga, and Shape. With a passion for do-gooding, Kimberly founded the Tranquil Space Foundation to assist young girls with finding their inner voice. Indulge in ongoing musings through her blog and podcast. Learn more at www.kimberlywilson.com.