At this point, I’m sure most of you who have practiced Yoga on the mat have realized all the great benefits it brings.  There’s no doubt that better posture and breathing, increased strength and flexibility, and improved balance can all be found from a regular Yoga practice.

But what about the other stuff?  The “inside” stuff?  Yoga is a way to bring body AND mind into balance – a way to learn acceptance, non-judgement, compassion and patience.  These were all put to the test, as someone backed into my car in a parking lot.  My first thought, in my car by myself, was “what the…..?!?!”  But when I got out of my car, I found that I was able to interact, instead of react angrily, to the person who had just damage my vehicle.  Everyone was fine, and when we began talking, I shook her hand and introduced myself with a smile.  We exchanged our information and went our separate ways.

Don’t get me wrong…..I’m pretty upset that my car is damaged, because I’m really blessed for such a great vehicle to drive.  But I am doing my best not to let the incident lead to a bad day (or even a bad couple days).  I’m thankful nobody was injured – that’s a good thing, right?  I can still drive my car while I’m waiting for it to be repaired – that’s good, right?  I’m not angry at the other driver – good…..right?

Taking Yoga off the mat is the difference between practicing, and exercising.  Which are you doing?

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