Sharing a priceless gift

Today, I’m writing about self-worth and self-love. If you’re rolling your eyes, I’ll say the following quickly before you stop reading in a huff.  You probably need this more than most people. The more I fine tune what I want to teach in my yoga classes, the more I realize that this is exactly what I want clients to gain here, a special kind of strength.  A feeling of empowerment, to make choices that reflect love and care for themselves.

My father was not a warm and fuzzy guy. He didn’t throw around a lot of superlatives, he didn’t hug and kiss much, and he didn’t throw “i love you”‘s around very often. In his quiet unassuming manner, he let me know how special I was to him, how much he wanted me to succeed in life, and more than that, he found a way to always make me feel loved and worthy of that love. Over his lifetime, he also repeated very often to me that I needed to listen to my body as it was wise, and that it would communicate with me more directly at times, than my brain.  He instructed me to listen.

Smart cookie.

This feeling of knowing that you are worthy of good things in life, is a gift. A priceless gift which I strive to pass along to my boys, who I love with all my heart.

I, being more like my mom, am more extroverted and affectionate. I feel like I’ve got a lot of love to give, and I often show it. Over the last few years, I’ve met the most spirited, wonderful souls through my yoga offerings.  I like to share a hug and sometimes just a smile with someone who needs it. Sometimes, it’s me that needs it!

Build A Better You. Yoga. It’s not about the poses. Yoga therapy. Anxiety. Breath work. Energy. Meditation. Stress management.

Things are making sense all around.

I want to share this gift that I received from my dad, not only with my kids, but with my community.  I want my clients, this special community that’s being built, to know that when they are here, they’re in a safe space.  A space created just for them. A space where they can cultivate that deep sense of self-worth and self-love.  I want them to feel empowered to make choices (off the mat) which place them first. Taking care of yourself is not selfish; it’s necessary.

My mom told me when I first got married that the way you treat yourself will set the standard for how others will treat you.  Also a smart cookie.

Dorit Hood is a yoga instructor, personal trainer, nutritionist, mom of three boys, wife, daughter and dog lover. Sharing Yoga "off the mat" is her blog about making space; in your body, in your mind and in your heart, for your best self to shine through. It's about Yoga, but it's not about the poses! Dorit believes that what we learn on the mat are lessons we can take with us into our daily lives. You can get to know Dorit by going to www.dorithood.com or you can connect with her directly at dorit.hood@hotmail.com.

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