I bow to the divine spark in you. 💜 Thank You Mom!

A very intimate portrait of INNERCITYOGA  founder  and wonderful mother  Ioana Pop  with her beautiful daughter Stella.

A very intimate portrait of INNERCITYOGA founder and wonderful mother Ioana Pop with her beautiful daughter Stella.

I am an adult now.
Growing up has been an adventure in itself. At times I have had the most wonderful experiences and other times I was facing some tough challenges.

Discover the present moment

Today, as an adult I rely on my yoga practice to help me shedding away all the layers of numbness or anxiety. One breath at a time, finding a calming and steady rhythm, one asana elegantly flowing over into another.

I would say that I rely on my yogamat like a magic carpet transporting me to another dimension, bringing me to the now, the very moment that I finally realize how alike and awake I am. Once I am in the now, nothing else matters anymore. Yoga works like an armor on me, offering me protection and confidence. Finally, I emerge from the practice like a button was pushed to reset my nervous system.

Long before yoga, my mom was that reset button.

While my mom would see me grow up, she always could tell when things were off. She gave me emotional stability, found the solutions that I was not aware of and did everything to help me becoming the best young adult she could think of.
Her motherly love transcended all differences, pushing me to pursue my dreams.
Way too early she was taken from us, when I was an young adult. Among other reasons, her passing contributed to the founding togther with Ioana of our beautiful yoga studio as you know it, back in the first year of the new millennium.

Being grateful for what you have

In every yoga class I invite my students placing their hands in Añjali Mudrā and being grateful for one good thing happening to them on that specific day. Personnally, I am mostly grateful to be in good health, having a loving family and wonderful extended family of dedicated students.
But there is not one single day that I do give thanks to my mom by remembering one good deed after another that she did for me or for others.

Bowing to the divine spark

By bowing down and the hands in Añjali Mudrā salutation, the gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another.

In this sense I am deeply thankful for the divine spark that my mom passed on to me.

Wishing you all a very happy Mother’s Day.
Seize the moment to share true love! I wished I had told her that more often.