Creating life with yoga

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Yesterday, I posted about how delicious it was to get to my yoga classes twice this past week – a treat, like my favorite wedding day cupcake. 🙂

Given my travel (and a week of being sick), I have missed most of my yoga classes this month. Having gone consistently since after my surgery over 2 years ago, there was an empty spot inside without it. I read inspirational books, did some gentle stretching in my hotel rooms or at home – and it just wasn’t like being in the ‘sanctuary’ that our UIHC gentle yoga is.

I’ve been thinking about what yoga creates in my life, and this is what I’ve come up with:

  • I gain an understanding of myself and clarity about what I believe.
  • I am able to be who I am, not who I think someone else wants me to be.
  • I am encouraged to show up and be more present.
  • I  accept and celebrate what is. 
  • I have the strength to get through the tough moments and flow through challenges.
  • I refine my ability to have a good day and celebrate when things feel good.
  • I live deeply into my values and serving others.
  • I open to finding balance in my life.

Yes, there’s a good reason I like it when I can make it to class!

As I anticipate more travel in March, I am leaning into the possibility of creating these things even without my class. Here’s to creating an inner sense of peace, gratitude, and joy in life with whatever shows up in life…


Other posts about yoga:

Gentle Yoga Soothes the Soul


Breathing In…Breathing Out


About Vicki Flaherty

I feel most alive when I am creating, whether through my writing and poetry, gardening and photography, or simply living my life each day. Running and yoga enrich my being. Travel opens me to new possibilities and greater awareness. I am happiest when I’m with my husband Jim. I share my gratitude for all the gifts in my life on my This Abundantly Delicious Life blog. I find a special joy in helping people succeed. I’ve done something valuable when I’ve helped a colleague or friend see their brilliance and express their full potential. I have awesome opportunities to do this as an industrial/organizational psychologist through leadership, mentoring, coaching, career and other talent programs. I try to encourage Leading with Intention at my blog of this name. As a breast cancer survivor, I found comfort and hope in writing. Poetry flowed through me like a river of healing during my diagnosis and treatment, which I share on my Mostly My Heart Sings blog, that I might offer encouragement and a place of grace and heart for those seeking comfort and hope along their journey.

2 responses »

  1. I read your posts with amazement and admiration, Vicki. I wonder if you know how: a) talented you are; b) how unusual you are (I have to beg people to look within and document what they see) and c) what a gift you are to the rest of us.

    • Maureen, you are so kind. It’s only now that I am beginning to recognize, embrace, and celebrate my unique qualities. Thank you for helping me see that my being different is a good thing! 🙂

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