MATS OF THE HEART




Don't step onto someone else's mat. That's the general yoga etiquette since I can remember. It honestly doesn't bother me if someone happens to step onto the corner of my mat. I like the idea of yoga etiquette, but I also like the idea of yoga just happening, too. 

My mat has become a sacred place for me. It's the place where I meet myself in person. With no expectations, no obligations, no fronts, and no "will they like me's?". The mat evolves from a sticky surface to a slate that is easily wiped clean each time I step onto it. Everything that forms and transpires along the way can come and go but the light always stays bright and I can glow just a little more as a result. 

With true dedication and the work I've put forth in my practice, I feel like I've really begun to shine. I shine when the pose just happens, and the physical effort turns into a strength that just supports rather than a strength that has to lead. 

Over the years my mat has lead me to places where my work would be revealed with my true self emerging along the way. It's hard to imagine that I can fly that arm balance I only saw pictures of. The steps I took on my mat are living proof that everything accomplished comes with great practice. I waited many years to give into the residing fear inside myself that told me "I'd never do that!". One day I felt a push inside and I gave that back bending arm balance a try. Wow! I asked myself "Did I really just do that?". It turns out, I did. From that particular moment on, I really started to believe that we can do more than we ever think that we can.

I am a true believer that possibilities are endless. I know that what transforms on my mat will be different than those transformations that take place on the mat beside me. The thing about yoga is that change will happen to each of us. The only similarities between us is that the change will be self clearing in someway and that the light inside of us inevitably shines brighter.

So go ahead, step onto the corner of my mat and maybe we'll end up sharing our yoga journey revelations and transformations with one another. My mat is my sacred place. My heart resides on it and there is nothing more beautiful than sharing a piece of that.

Written by Mei-Ling Chow-Mintenko

Mei-Ling Chow-Mintenko lives in Moose Jaw, Canada. She teaches yoga at Body in Mind Yoga. Mei-Ling is a proud mother to her little boy, Sam. Her favourite thing about being a mom is getting to watch Sam grow and share yoga with him. Mei-Ling loves to teach what resonates with her and to share the journey of yoga both on her yoga mat, in the studio and in writing. 
You can find Mei-Ling here.

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Anonymous said…
Wow! I love the message is this article. I don’t practice yoga but reading this article makes me want to.
Derek Mintenko said…
Great article! I like the message too. She's beautiful!
Tracy Crooks said…
We can do more than we ever think we can! Love that!
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Lisa Cross said…
Although my yoga journey is just beginning, I aspire to be at the place you are in mind, body and soul. Thank you for the inspiring article!
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