When I was a kid I fully believed in magic.
There were four pine trees in a clump behind my elementary school that you would walk through to get to the playground during recess. But, they were not just a group of trees to me. They comprised what I thought of as Unicorn Forest.
It became a safe space for me throughout my entire childhood. When I didn’t feel like hanging out with the other kids, or during that time in the third grade when Holly Smith decided that no one should look at me, let alone talk to me, I went to Unicorn Forest. There everything seemed magical and full of possibilities.
Even in my teenage years I would find myself there on a particularly tough day. I’d bike through it and think of the magic I once believed in that seemed to be starting to fade. Here I could come back to myself.
The space between the trees was dark and cool. At my feet there were always a soft bed of pine needles. And, I could gaze up through the branches and catch glimpses of the sun and sky.
I know Unicorn Forest is long gone.
The trees were cut down when the school was rebuilt probably well over a decade ago. But, I remember the feeling of it and the comfort of its space.
I remember how it made my mind whir with a million stories and characters. Some from way back when, while others were far in the future, or even in the present time. It was just a group of trees – far from a forest – but it completely captivated me.
And, that’s how it’s magic remains today. Because I was wrong to think that the magic of my childhood was fading. I was just beginning to do the thing we all do – grow up. Get “realistic.” Whatever that is, anyway.
The thing is, I don’t think I ever shook the fairy dust from my shoulders.
Throughout my twenties and early thirties my life still had its fair share of sequins, creativity, and imagination, conjuring up worlds and characters on stage.
But, the magic I grew the most interested in was the insane and immeasurable potential locked inside each one of us.
Because if you want to experience true magic as an adult, work to float in your first arm balance, or learn to pike into a headstand. Or, maybe even grab your feet and rest your head on them in Full Camel.
Each one of these moments in your yoga practice makes you a believer again.
It makes you believe that we’re not just here to get through each day, but we’re here to experience the absolute joy of living. And, our yoga practice teaches us how much magic we miss when we’re worried, stressed out, and far away from our truest essence of *who we really are.
Now, I know that most of you think that a headstand, or arm balance, or a crazy deep back bend are super far out of reach for you. But, you could change your mind about that anytime you want. Because the magic isn’t really in hitting these goals, but in believing that you can and working from there.
Never give up on your possibilities. You can heal. You can go further. You can fly. Why? Because you, my friend, are magic.
*(Who we really are: Love, energy, and honest to God, stardust.)
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Tori Hicks-Glogowski is an online yoga instructor and yoga business coach and mentor for yoga teachers. She is the author of the book, "Views from the Podium: The Life & Times of a Hot Yogi," and has been writing and sharing her yoga experience for the past seven years. Find out more about Tori now.