When I imagine yoga in my head, the first image that comes to mind is a pretty blonde dressed in all stretchy gear killing the flashiest hand balance à la Cirque du Soleil. That is not yoga; or at least not all yoga. Yoga is for everyone and most importantly, yoga is all around us.
Yoga is for everyone!
People have this misconception that you need to be super bendy or in super shape to do yoga. It’s a bit like saying that you need to be a doctor before going to med school. It doesn’t make much sense. Yoga is there for you, it’s there to serve your body and soul. I totally get it though: you want to come in and look like you know your stuff. It’s human nature to want to avoid making a fool of ourselves. Kudos to that person who masters the headstand, but you know what I like to see as a teacher? Someone who steps out of their comfort zone and challenges themselves.
Yoga encourages you to treat your body like you would treat your best friend.
Don’t take out the box of tissues just yet; the only thing I want is for you to be forgiving and loving of your body. This means that you avoid negative self talk and respect your body’s limits. Yoga can definitely help with this, as it promotes introspection and self- acceptance. Ah, sounds like something we could apply to our daily lives outside of the yoga room…
Yoga is here!
Yoga is so much more than just “asanas” (postures). Yoga is a way of “being” and also how one decides to conduct one’s life. To understand this better, we have to go back to the true meaning of yoga: to calm the fluctuations of the mind. It is believed that we can experience bliss, ultimate relaxation and contentment, if only we could permanently calm these fluctuations. By living life in the moment, you can influence other and allow yoga to infuse your life off the mat.
Start to “live” yoga today by being kind to yourself and others, tackling your negative thoughts and living mindfully. In my next article, I will discuss the topic of the 8 limbs (paths) of yoga, which digs even deeper into the lifestyle of a true “yogi”.