Yoga, the one thing in life I cannot do without. Why? Not just because it’s ‘me-time’ or it is nice to exercise… No, it is much more.
Yoga is a way of life, a moment in the day that you tune into your mental well-being. Where you connect your physical to your mental using the strong force of breathing. It’s an experience that reflects how you are feeling that day. It is an investment in your own well-being and a path to follow to a happy and healthy life. It is so much more that the physical benefits that it will provide you with. It is about appreciation and gratefulness.
“Yoga, if done with attention, would naturally and effortlessly begin to change how one lives and thinks – Vanda Scaravelli“
This is the beauty of it all. You might, like I did, start practicing 1 or 2 times per week, focussing on the asanas, the physical postures. This is already a challenge when you start, the posture themselves. But after while you will start to feel that your body is adapting to the asanas. Your muscles know what to do (muscle memory) and your body is asking for more routine in your practice, repetition of the asanas. It will become more and more a part of your life and this is where you will feel that the connection to the mind and is established, through pranayama (breathing techniques) and dristi (focus point during the asana). The asanas are a vehicle to get to your mind and clear your mind. At a certain point in your practice your will realise you did not think about anything, you did not get distracted nor did you notice the other people in the room. There were no thoughts, your mind was empty. You will start to understand and experience meditation in motion. This is when you really start practicing yoga.
“Yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s what you learn on the way down – Jigar Gor“
The journey is yours, no one elses!3