Simple Things


Funny, the more yoga I do, the less I
have to say about it. More accurately, what comes out of my mouth and
my head/heart gets simpler as my practice matures.

I am less concerned than ever about
where I place my mat in class, what I’m wearing, whether or not
I’ll ever do a handstand without a wall (OK, I still dream about
this one), and whether home practice is better than class. I have
cared deeply about every one of these, but they’re receding in the
rear view mirror, if you know what I mean.

What I do contemplate now, on and off
the mat, are things like this:

Open is better than closed. Open body,
open mind, open heart. Not always easier, but always preferable.

Discomfort goes away when I don’t
meet it with resistance. (Tight hips are one thing. “Oh my god,
these hips are killing me, why won’t they let go, I’ll never be
able to do a stinking King Pigeon” is resistance.)

My body knows what it wants. This is
more important than any outside advice.

Pushing doesn’t work. Google

Accepting what is grants me immediate
freedom. All of a sudden my head is 90 percent quieter.

Judging me or anyone else is a colossal
misuse of energy and erodes everything I love about myself and my

Courage and trust are the best
companions ever. Feed them well.

Joy makes me healthy.

And as always, love wins.

Is it getting simpler for you? Or more complex? I’d
love to hear.

Thanks to yoga for keeping it simple.
Thanks very much to you for the conversation,


Kristin Shepherd is a chiropractor, actor, and speaker (About All
Things Wonderful) in North Bay, Ontario.  Join her on the 
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One Response to Simple Things

  1. David cz says:

    all anyone ever needs for life and eternity is to be born again in Jesus. 🙂 that’s it! simple. Jesus is God -he did it all for us because we couldn’t because of our sins, and because he WANTED to. If anyone reading this doesn’t have Jesus living in you, the real, alive, resurrected Lord, pray this prayer: Jesus, I admit I am a sinner. I ask you to forgive me of my sins, wash and cleanse me in your precious blood that you shed on the cross for me-my sins, and I shall be white as snow. I do believe, Jesus, that you died on the cross for ALL my sins, – past, present, and future, ONCE FOR ALL, on the cross, and by your precious blood MADE me holy and righteous before God. I am FOR EVER forgiven, and Jesus, YOUR righteousness that pleased God is imputed to me FOR EVER. I believe, Jesus, that you rose from the dead, that you are ALIVE, and right now, Jesus, I receive you into my heart as my own personal Saviour and Lord, amen, and I am saved, born again, NEW in you, Jesus, old things have passed away, all things have become new, in you, Jesus, amen. Praise God! you are a new person in Jesus! the bible says the angels in heaven rejoice when one lost sinner repents! I can rejoice with you also! and be your new brother in Jesus! – David at:

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