Dear Sol,

It was 2 years ago almost to the day, when yoga entered your world. It took almost a full year after that to really get started due to various injuries and lack of determination. Once you found your motivation and inspiration though, you were hooked. With your chronic neck issues, bad posture and a thirsting for a passion, it was no wonder you found yoga, albeit at 38 years old. I am so grateful for this discovery and to say it has changed your life is an understatement.

Once upon a time, you were a college athlete, weighing 30 pounds less. You had thinner thighs and abs worth showing off. And yet, you thought your legs were too thick, you thought you could stand to lose more weight and be more muscularly defined. In essence, you were never satisfied with the way you looked, full of insecurities. Today, just look at you! You love the skin you are in. You compare yourself less with others and more with just yourself. Through yoga, you found positive self-talk, self-acceptance, and self-love. Weren’t expecting that one, huh?

Then, as if you couldn’t love your body anymore, you started seeing miraculous progress. Through yoga, your posture has improved drastically, your chronic neck pain is gone and your strength and flexibility improves every day. I love when you post those progress pictures on Instagram, they are so motivating and inspiring to me. You are truly amazed at what your body is capable of and yoga is to blame.

On top of that, yoga became your best stress reliever at work. You take breaks almost every day to do sun salutations. You even started wandering outside your office to capture some fun yoga bombs. You are so much happier at work now that you brought yoga into your office.

Speaking of being happier, do you notice your mood and energy? You exude happiness and positive energy. You live on a cloud from your yoga high. You are sleeping better, feeling more grounded and well-balanced in your life. And what better happiness, than your intimacy and connectedness with your husband deepening. Yoga equals good vibes all around, it’s just that simple.

You’re also spreading those good vibes at home. The energy at home has lifted. Your husband and three boys have all started up yoga. And now when you go to the park, you do yoga. You go to the beach, you do more yoga. You take a walk, you stop and drop to do yoga. You travel on vacation and take yoga bombs instead of selfies. Yoga is a part of your family now. Your home is full of yoga wheels, blocks, straps, and even a slackline to play outside. You and your husband have taken up Acro Yoga. Instead of watching TV or going shopping, the two of you are playing, laughing and creating wonderful movements and shapes with your bodies. No wonder you two are so in love. The support and love you both share is perfect. And the love and happiness this family of five share is only strengthening with this bond and love of yoga.

And more importantly, yoga has brought you closer to yourself. You are more in tuned with your mind, body and soul. You feel more passionate and connected to this earth. Your spiritual nature has enlightened even more with the presence of yoga. Life, your soul, the white light within you is making more sense and shining brighter every day. There is a stronger sense of connectedness to the Universe.

And now, after all this, you have taken this journey a step further and enrolled yourself in a 200-hour yoga teacher training program. To what end? Does it really matter after all of this?

You know that quote: “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self” by The Bhagavad Gita? Remember how you never understood this quote when you first started? Now, you are living that quote daily. This letter to yourself is a big helluva thank you. Thank you for this life-long journey that is full of joy, light and love. This is by far one of the best things you have ever done for yourself.

Forever grateful,
Sol

P.S. Here’s your very first yoga picture in May of 2014 and a picture from the night you wrote this letter in April of 2016.

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Since the start of your yoga journey, what are you most thankful for?

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