Most people think yoga is about stretching, becoming flexible, or losing weight (I sure did before I experienced it). Yes, you can lose weight from doing yoga and it does stretch your body and help you to become more flexible. However, it is much more than that.
Yoga is about a peace of mind. It is about tuning into your emotions. It is about listening to what your body is communicating to you. For me, it is the best form of de-stressing and escaping from the rest of the world. Yoga is a time to focus on your body and breathing.
While you are moving through your practice, let go of every thought and just be in the moment. Continue to move and listen to what your body is saying. Whether it be feeling like this pose is too much for your body and you need to back off, or that you are feeling uncomfortable, or that you feel comfortable enough that you could stay in this particular pose all day. Whatever it may be, notice what you feel and keep breathing.
For whatever reason you decide to practice yoga, I highly guarantee that you will discover a deeper meaning and create a more personal connection to the practice. You will find out things about yourself you may not have known before.
I joined a yoga class in January of this year, not because I knew what it was or that I wanted to take it, but because I needed it to complete my P.E credit. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
As I started learning about the Yamas, niyamas, and Chakras (which I will get into more in my future posts), I found that I was slightly unbalanced. Just a couple weeks ago, I learned about the 4th chakra, which is the heart chakra. Those who are deficient in this chakra are usually shy, angry, and lack the ability to form close relationships. That is when I realized… this is me. I approached my teacher for help. I first explained to her about the huge falling out I had with my group of friends about 2 years ago. By losing my best friends, the majority of the other people we were friends with chose her over me.
Although, there were still a few people that talked to me, I eventually lost them too. I didn’t realize it before, but it was because I started feeling like I couldn’t make friends, that I didn’t know how to talk to the people around me and that I was lonely. I began to give this kind of vibe off, which is what drove them away and kept others from getting close to me.
My teacher sat with me and did a muscle test. She basically sensed what kind of energy my aura was expressing. Once my teacher helped me open my heart back up, I have felt 100% better. I feel happier and I was finally able to heal and know that I am capable of trusting someone and building a close friendship again. I learned something about myself that I didn’t even realize I was going through because I was not in tune with my body or my emotions.
This is only the beginning of my yoga journey and I know there are many more experiences to come. I hope you choose to follow me throughout my adventures in the practice of yoga and learn along the way.
May you find your own yoga path! Namaste. 🙏🏼💓