“As a person with an inquiring and analytical mind (a curious monkey, for sure) yoga gives me the opportunity to experience and occasionally to understand the world around me with something other than my intellect. It is different, not better or worse but different, to understand yourself and your environment with your heart or from your intuition. And for me, cultivating that ability balances and grounds me. Yoga takes me to a place where I can appreciate the beat of my heart and the current of my breath. Lately I focus a lot on the energy I cultivate through my practice, that subtle pulse or wave that yogis call prana and other healers call chi. It’s an energy that I can feel with my hands when I move, it’s a pulse I can feel in my body when I can get quiet enough to dive deep. And while this all sounds esoteric, the effects are not. I find that after even a few minutes on my yoga mat, I can return to the script I was writing with renewed energy and greater focus. I can laugh more with my husband. I can be less creeped out by the worms that crawl over my fingers when I garden. I can calmly get back up when a kick knocks me to the ground in martial arts. I can recognize (more often) when I am wrong. I can love more deeply and forgive more genuinely. In being less critical of my own faults, I can find fault less in others.
Yoga has not made me perfect. I’m still an impatient, brash, determined, stubborn irish-italian woman who hits the horn more often than she should and struggles to bite her tongue! But I believe a consistent yoga practice makes a lot of moments in my day sweeter, for me and hopefully for the people around me.”
– Jennifer Crescenzo, writer, producer and my great friend.