Yoga allows us to connect with our inward selves and all surroundings. There is a profound interconnection that brings all living beings together in the world, or even to a studio. This is an environment that is free of any judgement or obstacles where we connect to ourselves, life and all of its opportunities, as well as taking the time to be grateful for all that we have and are – all of this making us more connected.
Realising the importance of connection can help us co-create the life we want for ourselves, by being open to it and all the opportunities it brings with it.
Yoga is for everyone
You don’t need to be a guru or be able to twist your body like an acrobat to do yoga. If you have the ability to breathe, then yoga is for you and you can do it! If you feel like you’re standing in the middle of a class and everyone is doing postures that are way too difficult and you just cannot catch up, the likelihood is that you’re in the wrong class. It’s either too advanced for you or it’s not the right style for you. In today’s world, the amount of styles that exist go from traditional slow yoga to a fast flow of movements. If you feel that either is not the class for you, move on and find another beginners class that suits your needs!
Breathing is more important that any of the postures
Believe it or not, the hardest and most difficult part of yoga is learning how to breathe consistently and effectively. Learning how to breathe slowly and fully effectively calms the mind as well as cleanses all of our organs. Inhaling new energy into certain areas of the body and exhaling any stagnant energy or blockages is what keeps us cleansed and in great health. This comes with the regular practice of mindful breathing and remembering to keep a slow and consistent breathing pattern during postures as well as in everyday life when you just need to slow down. This type of breathing is also the pathway to being in full connection with ourselves. In just a few weeks, you’ll be doing it without any thought.
Savasana is the most important posture of the entire practice
‘Now lie down and relax’ may sound like music to one’s ear after a strong yoga class, however it’s not quite as easy for everyone. For students who are fidgety and restless, it can be the hardest pose of the entire practice. That 15 minutes of savasana is when you can fully relax, let go of the past and the future and just be fully present. It’s the time when you can tap into a deeper part of yourself and connect to your purest self, healing oneself through breath and full awareness. Enjoy it!
Yoga should be practiced in everyday life, no matter where
The teachings of yoga are all about slowing down and being fully present and mindful of anything we are doing at that moment in time. Whether at the office, in a traffic jam or just going about everyday life, using this yogic practice when we feel like life’s going too fast should be part of how we live daily, instead of something we only tap into when in the studio. Stop, close your eyes and breathe. Even if it’s just three slow deep inhales and exhales through your nose, you will feel more calm and go by the day more productively and mindfully. Even on those mad busy days, sit tall, keep a good posture, look within and find your peace.
It’s OK to have fun with it!
As much as the inward path of yoga is indeed a deep and spiritual journey, falling out of a posture whilst trying to balance or getting a giggle half way through happy baby pose is absolutely fine. Taking life with a pinch of salt and consciously enjoying all that we’re doing at that moment in time is an important side to yoga and life itself. As Jigar Gor so beautifully puts it, “Yoga isn’t about touching your toes, but what you learn on the way down.