This blog post could also be titled “Letting Go: Part 2”. Every year I look forward to changing over from the bulky, black/greay winter clothes to the lighter, brighter spring/summer clothes. It also gives me a chance to declutter and clean out anything I haven’t worn. My standard rule of thumb is that if I haven’t worn the item for 6 months or more, it goes to Goodwill. (The exception being business suits and formal dresses.)
Everything Yoga has a great post about cleaning out your closet and how challenging and freeing it can be. Cleaning, decluttering and organizing for me is a huge stress-buster. I derive a lot of satisfaction and peace from cleaning out, cleaning up and getting rid of extraneous things. So while I don’t suffer the same level of angst, I can relate to the keeping clothes because they’re still in good shape even though I don’t wear them, and picking and choosing clothes because I think they convey a certain image, even when that image isn’t me.
I also love the discussion of body image and yoga. Everyone has their days of dissatisfaction with their body, but since starting yoga I feel much better in my own skin. There have been some changes in my shape since starting a regular yoga practice, but mostly I feel strong. Stronger than I have ever felt in my life, which isn’t really saying much since I was never an athletic kid. 🙂 But I have muscle tone now and can repeatedly lift and carry my own body weight through sun salutations and arm balances. There’s also a deeper feeling of strength and security that comes with being able to move your body in challenging ways. As one woman in teacher training said “If I can touch my toes to the ground in plow, I can start my own business!” There’s a powerful sense of empowerment that blooms with yoga practice.
Once teacher training is over my big project will be a total overhaul of the closet. I’m really looking forward to it!