Submitted by Lisa Marotta
Being an adult is a difficult journey. It seems each decade has its own set of road blocks and detours. In our twenties we have so much ground to cover: defining a sense of self, discovering interests and job possibilities, becoming independent, looking for a special someone. Our thirties are full of pot holes like when, how, or if children are in the plans, building a family and starting a career. Our forties are reaching beyond to sharpen skills and focus, mostly from the car pool and commuter lanes. I have arrived at the fifties mile marker and finding it to be a time of reflection, refocus, and possible redirection. Sometimes my tank runs on empty.
Part of my travels as a fifty something includes Yoga. Overtime I came to recognize a road map in the patter of the Yoga instructor. Eureka! Yoga and Adulthood both require flexibility of mind, body, and spirit.
Some life lessons to be learned from “the mat”:
Begin where you are today.
Leave your ego at the door.
Set your intention.
Be kind to yourself.
If you have to decide between doing “the pose” or the breath—choose the breath.
Be a learner.
Listen to your body.
In Yoga it doesn’t matter how often you come to the studio or how well or poorly you do the poses, it is always called “practice.” There is much stretching involved, and some days are totally out of balance. Life is like that. It is messy and wonderful at every stage of growing up. Your journey is both personal and universal.
As for me—I’m bringing my yoga mat.
Dr. Lisa Marotta is a psychologist and writer. With 20 years of clinical experience she expresses her commitment to build healthy families through her private practice in Edmond, Oklahoma and blog. Dr. Marotta is active in her critique group The Inklings, and is a member of SCBWI and OWFI.