What a wonderful weekend!
Weddings are such special events, because your wedding is one of the only times in your life that a large group of people you know and love will gather in one place to celebrate something exciting with you. There is something magical and overwhelming about looking around on that day and seeing so many different people from so many different parts of your life who happily made the effort to come be happy for you and be a part of the day. There’s something beautiful about seeing friends from different times in your existence come together and get to know each other, and about families becoming one big family.
Of course, like all big, heavily anticipated events, weddings can also be a lot of stress. Months and months of planning and paying and planning some more — you want everything to be just right, to be what you had imagined and hoped for all along. So when Lina asked me to lead her and her bridal party in a yoga practice on the morning of the wedding, I thought it was such a great idea. On a day where everything was scheduled down to the last minute, we took half an hour before it all began to simply breathe, move, and be grateful. The theme of the class was “Lead with Your Heart”, and we focused, appropriately, on chest- and heart-opening moves, but also on breathing and being present in each moment as it happens. It was a great time to simply be still and remind ourselves of what truly mattered — that it was going to be a day of great love and joy, which we all felt honored to share.
With the holiday season in full swing around us, this seems like something we can all apply to our lives at this time. It’s easy to get caught up in the bustle and stress of traveling/hosting/planning/prepping/shopping/wrapping and forget what really matters — spending time with the people you love. If you can’t talk your friends and family into a Christmas morning yoga session, still try to take the time for yourself to breathe and move. To shake out your wrists, roll around in your lower back, and pull your shoulders away from your ears. To be still, appreciate what the holidays are about, and always, in everything you do, lead with your heart.