You might be wondering why I wanted to post those April Love letters on my yoga blog. For me, yoga is more than just a physical exercise. I know there is a huge connection between the brain and the body, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. I know that I carry emotions in parts of my body. When I'm stressed, I tense certain muscles more. While working through a yoga practice, I'm also working with some of those emotions and events from life that are stored in my body.
I have my own religion, so I don't see that yoga is my religion. However, it has become an extension of that. The Yamas and Niyamas are part of the eight-limbed path of yoga, which describe how to live my life. It's no different than the Ten Commandments or the Wiccan Rede; it describes things in a different way.
The Yamas talk about non-harming, truthfulness, and non-stealing. The Niyamas talk about self-exploration and working on contentment. For many of these reasons, I wanted to post my love letters. It was a form of self-exploration and working on being truthful with myself.
Additionally, I wanted to share my experience. I love hearing Brene Brown talk and reading what she writes. In her research she specifically talks about sharing our experiences with others so we reduce shame in our culture. I am committed to this project. I know everyone has their own journey in life. I don't ever want anyone to feel like I am shaming them for making the decisions they've made. I shame myself for my own decisions enough as it is.
I encourage you to share your experiences.