Elements For A Healthier Life Magazine Issue 04 | August 2016 - Page 33

"Love it, love it, love it! Kat's article hits home with me big time. I've limited myself to chair yoga since my fall but she has encouraged me to start easing my way back to a regular yoga practice. You ladies are the best!" -Barb P.

tapped into a spiritual community with a wealth of knowledge to share.

Until that time, through the dozen-plus years I'd practiced yoga and meditation, I'd never considered them as a form of spirituality: they were tools to help manage my mind, body and emotions.

As I studied energy movement - Reiki, healing crystals, color and sound, the elements and cardinal directions, Tarot and other divination tools, the meridians and chakras of the body, cycles and seasons - I began to incorporate a different kind of focus into my yoga practice.

I started beginning every session by envisioning pure white healing light surrounding me, filling my body, moving freely through it. As I stood in Mountain Pose each morning, I'd see myself rooted deeply into the earth through my feet. Moving into a cycle of Sun Salutes, I'd imagine all the stagnant energy of a lifetime, breaking up, allowing light to shine into the darkest places in my body and my mind.