For several years recently, my body succumbed to the effects of prolonged feelings of sadness and fatigue; my body was starved literally, emotionally, and spiritually; it was drained, scared, coiled up inside, exploited, infringed upon, pushed around, bullied, ignored. :( I loved yoga so much but on most days my home practice wasn't much more than sitting in sukasana on my mat. Going to public classes in a studio went by the wayside because most days I just didn't have the energy for a full, complete class. For the past two and a half years I have been undergoing a quiet and incremental healing in all facets of my life. It is a sparkly, magical victory for me to say that recently, I have garnered enough energy to do a sequence of standing poses during my home practice. I am so grateful to have Ekhart Yoga because I can do yoga in my pj's. I can pause the video. I can cry. I can drink coffee and pet my cat while I do yoga. I could take my time in my journey back to myself. I am wrapping my arms around my still very fragile healing. I don't want to scare her away. The classes in this playlist are the ones where I feel reacquainted with my loving body. Large, full movements (especially standing poses) and deep breaths were not possible for me without exhausting a great deal of energy in the not-so-distance past. This is a celebration playlist. It is an offering to my inner child. It is a whisper to my 5-year-old self that says, "come out and play, dear one. it's safe now. you can dance and play and wiggle and laugh again."