Riding the yoga high. Feeling the yoga buzz. Blissed out on yoga. Sound good? In droves people all over the world are unrolling mats, discovering and falling in love with this ancient Indian practice of finding union between mind, body and spirit.
In a society filled with stress, rush and busyness we have this small offering of calm, an hour (or an hour and a half) where we are encouraged to bring energy inward, to nourish our bodies and steady the fluctuations of our minds. In my opinion, this brings exercise to a whole new level, consciously moving and breathing for health, for wellness for self acceptance and so much more.
Not to say this yoga gig is all airy fairy – I cant speak for every teacher but in my classes I’m all for people feeling sensations in their bodies, working to their own personal edges, building strength, flexibility and endurance. Yet we do all this from a place of awareness, conscious of where our body sits in space, understanding the difference between pushing far to hard, and knowing when we need to bring a little more. This sounds pretty good to me!
Not convinced? Let me fill you in on the 5 things I love most about yoga, in hope of sparking an interest in you to give it a try or to keep the flame alive if you already practice
- Physical fitness. No apologies here, I love feeling fit. I need to move daily and I like to sweat often. I feel outta whack without physical exercise and I’m a much nicer person to be around when I’ve had my fix.
- Quieting my chit chatty mind. I, like many, found cultivating stillness a very challenging part of my yoga practice. Through practice, practice and more practice it’s grown into something I can’t thrive without. Even a small amount of meditation brings so much clarity to my life, it develops my intuition and keeps me grounded.
- Self-inquiry. Getting real about who I am, how I am and my reactions. This is a constant work with indefinable rewards on and off the mat.
- The people, the culture, the fashion. Ok so this is officially 3 things but I can’t contain myself to 5. So many inspirational people I have met. So many awesome events, workshops and trainings I have attended. And the fashion bit, well … let’s just say I have WAY to many yoga tights and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
- It makes you feel really good. (I saved the best for last)
So why not give this yoga thing a shot? Many teachers and studios offer free first classes or cheap introductory deals. You’ve really got nothing to lose – except a little stress.