For the Love of Yoga

 In General

Yoga means different things to different people.

Many people have the perception that yoga is a form of physical exercise in which young women with perfect bodies tie themselves in knots, or balance in a head stand with each muscle in perfect alignment, while maintaining an air of grace and ease.

Most people have no idea that asana (postures) is only one aspect or limb of yoga.  The postures are actually an aid to meditation. It is very easy to fall into the trap of becoming totally body focused bordering on obsessed, missing the point all together.

With Ahimsa (non-violence) being one of the Yama’s (ethics) in yoga, we should never be pushing our bodies to the point of injury. Ahimsa applies not only to not harming others and having compassion for others, but also to not harming ourselves.

Ahimsa applies not only to not harming others, but also to not harming ourselves. Click To Tweet

These aspects are deeply ingrained in what I love about teaching yoga, together with the Yama of Satya (Truth).

In that time and space a group of people have one thing in common;

to breathe.

Each person climbs into a cocoon of stillness, shuts off the outside world and is kind to themselves. Yes, we are engaging the physical body and telling our muscles to do specific things, which is the point.

We become aware of the body and muscles we had no idea that we had, or that we could actively choose to engage them.

We are no longer on autopilot.

Neither autopilot of the body, nor the mind. The breath deepens and slows and with it the random thoughts that pop into your head become less. Gradually people become less fidgety and settle into their skin.  A total decompression.

The **hhhh** factor, is what I call it 🙂 This is the very moment that I treasure.

Masks are removed and people allow themselves to just Be.

For a short time life is no longer a competition or struggle, with others or ourselves.

Ultimately for me, if I can facilitate the process of

  • focusing on breath
  • slowing or stopping the movements of the mind
  • and connecting to your stillness and Truth

we did yoga.

A perfect vision of Truth can only follow a complete realization of Ahimsa. ~ Mahatma Gandhi Click To Tweet Namaste’

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Art with permission from Cameron Gray

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