Since this is my first blog post I will give you a bit of background about myself.
12 years ago my husband and I bought our first home. It was a huge 4 bedroom, 4 story home in a completely renovated 100 year old farm house.
It met all our criteria: enough rooms that we could each have an office, as well as a spare bedroom. It was also in the country, on a 17 acre property.
As an added bonus one bedroom was in the converted attic on the top floor. I was working from home and it was important to me to have a division between "work" and "home" so I loved that we had an entire floor dedicated only to my office.
Fast forward 12 years and we are now the proud parents to 5 amazing children and still have our same dog and cat as when we moved in. Needless to say home offices and personal space in our huge home are a thing of the past (and possibly future).
In the present however (despite our best efforts) we are overflowing with stuff.
My stuff. Husband's stuff. Kid stuff (x5). Pet's stuff. Toy stuff. Winter stuff. Summer stuff.
Skating stuff. Yoga stuff. Game stuff. Cooking stuff. Cleaning stuff. stuff Stuff STUFF!!
Over the past few years I've become increasingly aware of the link between our external environment and our internal environment.
At first I began noticing how our thoughts and internal patterns affected our external environments, the experiences we attracted to ourselves, our ability to move through life with ease, or not. Simply put... what we think is what we get.
After awhile it became evident that this process works in both directions. The external environment also affects our internal workings, our peace and ability to maintain a positive state of mind.
My personal yoga practice has been developing and evolving over the past 20 years since I attended my first class as a teenager. Over these years I've been constantly working on "Making Space".
This idea can mean many things in yoga:
For 2018 my goal is to clear space in my physical environment, the place where I live, work and love. By cleaning out my home I hope to feel reciprocal effects within my body and mind.
Cindy Stewart is a mom of 5, wife, daughter and owner of Sunbeam Yoga. She is an RYT and has a passion for sharing yoga with children.