I started this blog as a creative outlet, a way to express myself in my favorite language (I’m a Finn!), and a way to inspire and support people who are interested in starting their yoga practice.
It’s my biggest joy and privilege to help people start their journey and find peace and clarity on the mat.
In these couple of years that I’ve been on this mission, I’ve received countless of messages from people all around the world.
It seems that most people turn to yoga for healing.
We all need a little healing sometimes. Some people seek to support their mental health. For others it’s about finding comfort and relief for their physical struggles.
Our collective pain differs from little aches to severe health conditions and we’re all looking for just a few moments of relief.
One would do, on a bad day.
I’ve heard stories from people who are dealing with anxiety, depression, PTSD, fibromyalgia, sleep conditions, hormonal issues, eating disorders,
People who are struggling with massive amounts of debilitating stress.
Feeling lost, stuck in life somehow.
We’ve all been there.
The one thing that unifies us all in our pain?
It takes strength, determination and courage to decide that you want to make a change. Even if that change is something small like getting on the yoga mat and trying out a few poses.
From those stories of pain, discomfort, and desire to heal have sparked dozens of messages of hope and inspiration.
I’ve heard from people who have discovered incredible things about themselves with their yoga practice. Stories of increased physical strength and flexibility, happiness, quality of sleep, energy.
Aches and pains diminished.
Inner peace. Comfort. A sense of belonging for the first time in their lives.
These are stories of resilience and growth.
There is also a lot of frustration and fear.
I’ve felt that too, during my own journey.
How do you stay on the path when it feels like your body’s betraying you?
When the progress is slow or seemingly non-existent?
When your body seems to not want to love you?
It’s easy to give into hopelessness and fear when you try and try and nothing seems to change.
You have the power to change your perception.
What if, instead of feeling down and betrayed from the lack of progress, you focused on celebrating the fact that you even have a body to move?
What if you chose to forgive your body? What if you decided to let go of any and all expectations? What if you let go of all the pressure?
Remember that it’s a privilege to move your body.
Find joy in how GOOD it feels to move your body. To feel the movement and flow in your beautiful, stubborn, unique body that is yours and yours only.
Honor your body. Cultivate a respectful, kind, loving relationship with it. Even if the progress is slow and sometimes stifles completely.
Accept the journey for what it is, no matter how slow it seems sometimes. Slow is not a dirty word, but it can drown you in frustration if you let it.
Forgive your body and your negative, body-blaming thoughts.
Your practice doesn’t have to be perfect, and your body might have a mind of its own — but you still have one. It’s yours. Yours to move, love, and take care of to the best of your abilities.
A few final thoughts…
Maybe it’s a blessing that your progress is slow and your body stubborn. Maybe it’s okay to take it even slower, learn patience, and allow the subtle, small shifts to occur.
In divine timing.
Remember that your journey is about inner peace.
Are you feeling better? Just a little bit? That’s all that matters.
Allow your body to heal and strengthen in it’s own time.
Shift your focus towards having fun, exploring the miracles your body’s capable of, and observing the wins and the struggles with an open heart.
Your unruly body is a thing of beauty.
Remember, that despite all the pain and frustration…
You are learning and experiencing a new relationship with your body.
You are growing and expanding into the best version of you.
Your CHOOSING to feel better every single day is more than most people do for their health and happiness.
Your willingness to keep showing up is proof of your strength, courage, and commitment to change.
So give your body the time, attention, and kindness it so deeply deserves.
Learning to accept your body through a kinder, more loving and forgiving mindset would be one of the most life-changing resolutions for the New Year, don’t you think?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Hi, I’m Viivi! I create magical content for spiritually curious women. I’m here to share my journey and truth with you — unapologetically, with a touch of sarcasm and a lot of heart. I want to help you grow and follow your soul’s desire, not anybody else’s rules. I write weekly about spiritual and personal growth on this blog. You can join the List to receive a weekly letter of inspiration and guidance!