Begin to notice the subtle changes that occur each time you show up to your mat. It is not the practice that is evolving, it is you.
The philosophy behind yoga is defined in the word itself. Across languages, the translation of “yoga” is to connect or unite. The physical practice of yoga (referred to as yoga asana) uses breath and movement to unite the mind, body and spirit.
I can’t count the number of times new students have approached me and said, “I can’t do yoga because I am not flexible at all”. Well, luckily strength and flexibility are some of the many wonderful side effects of the practice but are by no means prerequisites! There should be just as much variety in a single pose as there are in the people practicing it. It is not about how far one can reach their head to their toes or their toes to the ceiling. It is about finding the right variation for your body. Modifications and advancements in poses allow the practice to remain challenging, yet accessible to anyone.
As long as you are moving and breathing with awareness you are doing yoga.
I believe that to get to the heart of health and well-being one must take an honest and holistic approach to all aspects of the self. This includes what I eat, how I exercise, the company that I keep, my environment and how I perceive the world around me. Before yoga, running was my greatest tool to feeling calm, free and focused. My yoga practice has only strengthened these qualities.
Yoga ithe perfect compliment to an active and busy city life. My mat provides a space for me to take an honest look at my bodies abilities, set realistic goals, check in with my mental state strengthen my minds ability to fall naturally in a place of gratitude.
I love yoga asana because it is not a race, a contest or a battle. It is a practice. An ever evolving practice.
Every pose invokes a feeling, sensation or emotional reaction that is common in life outside of the yoga room. Whether I accidentally lock my keys in my car, get stuck in traffic, or suffer from a broken heart yoga has taught me that experiences don’t control or define me, I do.
The poses your yoga teacher presents in class are offerings and you are responsible for learning to trust the knowledge you have gained through internal awareness, and practice teaching yourself how to take each pose to the physical and emotional degree that is appropriate for you.
Most importantly, I love that yoga is unique to the practitioner. Maybe you are seeking a spiritual connection, maybe you are just looking for a good work out or maybe you have been dragged to a class by (what you thought was) a good friend. No matter who or what you refer to as your yoga catalyst, the benefits will reach all.
Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
“May all beings everywhere be happy and free. May the thoughts and actions of our lives contribute to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”