What brought you to the mat? Keeps me there and inspires me….
What brought me to my mat and keeps me coming to my mat is movement. When I started yoga my life lacked movement. I came to my mat reluctantly. I was in a car accident in 1999 that broke every bone in my right leg except my femur and my hip. My talus fracture, my surgeon says, is still the worst he has ever encountered. I thought yoga would be a waste of my time because it would not be hard enough. Little did I know that 5 years later I would become a yoga teacher and it would inspire my life so profoundly.
Stepping onto my mat no longer feels like a chore, although as with anything in life,
there are exceptions on occasion. My yoga practice is a great place for self-discovery and inquiry.
Each time I unroll my mat I begin a new learning process. Every day a new area to awaken and strengthen arises. Tuning out the business of the day and tuning in on my mat allows my creative juices to flow. My practice evolves with my life off the mat.
So lack of movement forced me to the mat and it is the inspiration of the movement that keeps me there. I love almost all forms of movement. I love to watch dancers, CrossFitters, swimmers, bikers, and most recently break dancers move. The yoga practice has opened me to see the beauty in so many things.
I talk about the movement that inspires me but it is not just the movement it is the intention behind the movement. The true beauty to the practice has become the showing up. I enjoy the shapes I take on and create, but my practice has evolved and it is the place between the poses, the time getting on the mat that has become the most sacred.
I love to watch people who think they are not flexible enough or like me reluctantly finally take that class they have been pestered about only to fall in love. By choice or force, showing up is the only way you start.
So my biggest piece of advice for boho yogis is to show up. Show up as you are: joyous, sad, tired, energized, full, hungry. Just show up.
My favorite mala is the loyalty mala, warding off negative energy and represents both loyalty and honesty. To me, this mala screams “show up.”
About me: Sima is a busy single mother with a lot of interests. Recognizing that time is precious she started a series of YouTube videos for those with hectic lives. In each 7 minute segment she works on a specific intention or body part. Every body has at least 7 minutes to show up.