Happy Winter Solstice! It is currently the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. In honour of this, I will keep this blog short and sweet. I would like to share a straightforward message. One that has been resonating in my mind and heart the last few weeks;
Trust your gut.
Remember that feeling you get when you meet someone for the very first time? That instant energy that presents itself with the new person, whether it’s positive or negative?
Remember the sensation that travels up the back of the neck, like hackles on a dog when you turn down an alleyway and instantly feel uneasy?
Can you recall that flood of endorphins when an opportunity presented itself and the timing, offer and the feeling of it all just felt right?
Trust your gut.
An interesting side effect over the last decade of practising yoga has been an increase in the volume of the gut. Call it your moral conscience, your Jiminey Cricket- I’m referring to that small voice which speaks in critical moments of decisions.
By practicing yoga, I seem to have given this little fellow more of a voice. As I’ve learned to listen and honor my breath, movement and body, I’ve learned to connect intimately with that little voice in my gut.
And some days it’s annoying AF.
Much to my chagrin, 99.9% of the time, this voice is always right. Thankfully this little guy isn’t vindictive or boastful. He doesn’t rub it in my face when I don’t listen and falter. Instead, that same voice is the one that will whisper to me, after I’ve face-planted,
“It’s okay, you’re still loved”
“Get up, dust yourself off, and try again. I am here for you.”
Whatever you are facing today, I want to encourage you to trust that still, gentle voice in the gut. Trust the initial physical reactions of the body. The body senses vibes and energies before the mind even has a chance to process them.
Remember this simple fact: The human body is incredibly smart. Listen to it.
As things grow loud this new season, take a moment to find a pocket of serenity, whether it’s on a yoga mat, in a quiet room, or in bed at the days end.
Take that little piece of serenity and use it to listen to the body.
Listen to the gut.
Written By: Jelayna Da Silva
Jelayna is a well certified, passionate yoga teacher and writer living in downtown Toronto. Her love for yoga takes her across the GTA to teach at several studios and to multiple clients. With a background in Psychology and College Athletics she infuses her classes and writing with mental and physical awareness, not to mention a healthy sense of humor. Whether leading at a large outdoor events, in a classroom, or in the home of a client her philosophy for teaching is simple - teach with love, empathy, patience and humility. Yoga is a journey, not a destination. www.jelaynayoga.com