I was first introduced to yoga in college and found it to be incredibly centering and emotionally healing. Plus, it felt good to stretch muscles I never knew existed! But once I graduated, my career, parenting, and all other aspects of “adulting” took precedence, and yoga was pushed to the side.
Yoga found its way back to me when my daughter was young. She was in a special education class and one day when I dropped her off, one of her classmates was having a very rough start to the day. This girl was angry and determined to stay on the bus until it took her back home. She was screaming, spitting at the bus aide, and grabbing her seat as if it were a life raft. Suddenly, the teacher stepped onto the bus and calmly called out the name of a yoga pose.
I used to be a musician who practiced 3 to 4 hours a day. But while raising my daughter, I could never find time to practice, and I slowly let her musical choices rule the household. First it was perky kid tunes, then Disney musicals, and now girl-power rock. I slowly let my CDs move to the back of the shelf, gave up singing and playing piano, and even sold my harp. I was too busy “adulting” and trying to please my daughter to notice I had let my investment in music slip away—and with it, a piece of my soul.
The 19th-century Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen, wrote “Where words fail, music speaks.” Music has the power to conjure up every possible emotion. It can take us soaring to unimaginable heights, console us in our grief...
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