What does your yoga practice mean to you?
My yoga teacher recently posed the question to my yoga class, ‘What does yoga mean to you?’ This question really got me thinking, as over the last few months, my yoga practice has really changed. When I first started yoga, for me it was a series of stretches and exercise. Recently, especially since I have also started regular meditation, it means so much more.
It is much more holistic and is about my mind and body. Its about breathing, focus, calmness, relaxation, stillness and meditation. It keeps me grounded, it helps me feel more in control, gives me clarity, it keeps me calm but at the same time gives me energy. It makes me feel stronger and I like how it makes my body look. It quietens my mind, it stops my anxiety. It helps me feel more present and feel at peace. It makes me feel happy.
Here are a few reasons to practice yoga:
Following all the deep breathing in yoga, it leaves you with a great sense of calmness
Yoga can help you clear your cluttered mind leaving you with a sense of focus.
After practicing yoga you come away feeling energized
There is also an exercise element to the practice which leaves you feeling stronger and toned
The greatest benefit of yoga is a combination of all the points which is that it quite simply make you feel happy
I’d love to hear what yoga means to you in the comments below.
Mel, you have made a great point. While usually the movements and stretches (asanas) have become synonymous with yoga so far as I understand in the ancient texts (upnishads & sutras) this forms just about 10% of yoga and what you have mentioned are the more important parts!
I totally agree Sandeep, and sometimes it takes a while to see all the benefits.