If you follow me on Twitter (what?? You don’t follow me on Twitter. You are so missing out. I am both witty and wise. @Crusade4Art), you have noticed my “Morning Yoga Wisdom” tweets. Now I have never been a yoga person, claiming a life-long problem of not being able to clear my mind for even two consecutive seconds, but my Zen master (what?? You don’t know about my Zen master? Catch up people.) had been encouraging me to try it again. So. In January I joined a new gym, and coming off a New Years’ resolution to have more balance in my life, I decided to give it another go. And it’s been really great, for a couple of reasons. One, they play awesome music and it moves pretty quickly, so I don’t get too bored or mind-racey. Also, it’s at 7:15am. By the time I fully wake up, the class is almost over. (I also only go twice a week – I haven’t gone full yogi or anything.)

But in mid-February, one of the teachers said this during the laying-down-trying-not-to-fall-asleep time at the end, “Only listen to the opinions of the people who love you”. This hit at exactly the right time, and so I tweeted it. More and more, things stood out from class that seemed relevant to the rest of my life.

Life this year has been uniquely challenging. I’m taking on more than I ever have. The risk is high. I often feel exhausted and worn down. I am trying to do something without a roadmap, and that is hard. But I go to yoga when I’m half-asleep, and something will happen to put things into perspective, and those are the wisdoms I try to share.

Some Morning Yoga Wisdom highlights:

Morning yoga wisdom: Just for today I will try to live through this day only and not tackle my whole life problems at once.

Morning yoga wisdom: Our strength and our flexibility are different each day.

Morning yoga wisdom: Set your intention.

Morning yoga wisdom: Waste your thought on fear no more.

Morning yoga wisdom: Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

Morning yoga wisdom: When you start to feel solid, lift your gaze to the sky.