I Bend So I Don’t Break

You’ve seen it plastered on t-shirts, coffee mugs and inspirational posters: “I bend so I don’t break.” What does it mean? When I joined yoga class, I intended to lose weight and be fit; yoga taught me more than that.

It was my first day as well as my first time to attend a yoga class. I chose the corner side – you know the feeling when you enter the room, you try to look in someone’s eye and smile, so quiet that you can’t talk to your neighbour because everybody can hear, that awkward feeling – because you feel like you don’t know anything while some are stretching on their own and some of them are on their split poses, some are in the supine position. Somehow, deep inside me, telling myself that one day, I’ll be like them too. I can split; I can do the headstand and crow pose. Thus, it motivates me to keep coming to the class regularly.

However, along the journey – I learned something: 

We must maintain a relationship with ourselves.

Much like the relationships we tend to have with others, and we must also maintain a relationship with ourselves. We have to have compassion, perseverance, discipline and goals to uphold the love we have for ourselves. In the bend of a pose, in the angle of emotion, and in the turn of service, we find the stability we need for our life. A happy, healthy and peaceful life.

In life, we cannot escape pain, difficulty, failure, tragedy, and heartache. Sooner or later it will find us despite our best efforts to protect ourselves. Instead of trying to bob and weave what life throws at us, I’d rather have the comfort of knowing that I can take life’s best shot and get back up and move forward. To me, that’s empowerment. Having that kind of personal grit and resilience is a game-changer. Instead of being dogged by fear and uncertainty, you will have inner peace and confidence that you will survive. All you have to do is bend – because you know God can hear you, and He’s with you all the time.

Get some break, move and bend…

  • bend so you don’t break confidence
  • bend so you don’t break emotions
  • bend so you don’t break relationships
  • bend so you don’t break promises
  • bend so you don’t break your dreams
  • bend so you don’t break your mind
  • bend so you don’t break your body
  • bend so you don’t break your soul
  • bend so you don’t break your joints

Do you bend? 

No time to go to the class? Learn Yoga in your own home.Yoga for Beginners is the essential guide to getting started with yoga. 

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