My yoga and Pilates clients inspire me daily. I am lucky enough to work with a wide variety of students. From 8-year-oldsÂ to 80-year-olds, my teaching practice offers me insight into many ages and stages of life.
The one theme that has surfaced repeatedlyÂ in the past few weeks is how vital a functioning, moving body is to our overall health. I’m sure many of you can relate to a time when you’veÂ been really sick or injured, and your daily routine has had to change dramatically. And then, when you recover, when you’re back to your regular schedule, you feel so utterly thankful and appreciative of what it feels like to be healthy and to move with ease.
Why is it so easy to ignoreÂ the gift of health and celebrate our ability to move our bodies until we are challenged by something that threatens these abilities? Many of us take our bodies for granted until we are faced withÂ a stark reminder that the body isÂ fallible and will not always work in the ways we need it to.
This week, I encourage you to spend some time being aware of and thankful for the different ways you use your body. For the ability to walk, to jump, to play tag with yourÂ children. For the ability to open a door for someone else, to carry your groceries, to strike a yoga pose.
Our bodies do so much for us. Let’s do all we can to appreciate them.