What does yoga offer us in today’s world? What can we gain from yoga with all the world seemingly falling apart around us? Why practice a non-sport considered by so many to simply be stretching?
If you haven’t taken a yoga class recently you have no idea the changes that yoga can make in a persons life.
I’ve taught and practiced so many different types of yoga that my own practice seems to morph into what I need exactly at that moment. If I need to sweat, I’ll sweat. If I need a conscience, moving meditation, that’s what I’ll find. If I simply need to sit and be calm on a pillow, then it’s the perfect yoga practice. Yoga is what you make of it. Like any other form of exercise, doing the the same series of movements only gets your body used to and comfortable to those same movements. Every teacher I’ve ever taken from, every class I’ve ever taught teaches me a new way to move and a new way to accept what I can’t do or simply don’t want to do.
When I begin a yoga class I tell myself that I will do what I can today! There are so many different disciplines and forms of yoga out there that if you’re a newbie it may take you several teachers to find something you like!
The Internet is a great source of information, as you know, and you can simply stop the video if its something you aren’t interested in. If you do attend a yoga class unfamiliar to you, do what you can, take child’s pose if you need or just meditate. Listen to the music and close your eyes and drift. You can visualize yourself moving with the teachers voice.
Don’t ever feel like you have to stand up and leave the class. If a teacher makes you feel that way, they aren’t a very good teacher in my mind.
As a yoga teacher, I can say the most difficult and important pose is savasana, corpse pose. Especially, if you’re just starting yoga this can be extremely difficult and often overwhelming. Once upon a time, I would get up and leave as soon as my “workout” was over, which, by the way, is very poor yoga manners.
Once I was ready to lay down and release, my yoga practice became whole. I’ve cried during savasana, I’ve fallen asleep and maybe snored during savasana, I’ve floated above the earth in savasana!!
Don’t ever leave any class no matter if it is too difficult before you get to savasana. If you become overheated, find a cool spot but continue to maintain the yoga mind. If you cool down and rehydrate, return to that still space in your mind that IS savasana. Listen to your body. You may have a marvelous instructor, but your body is your teacher. Only you know what you’re feeling and what you can do, that day, that moment, that breath!
There are no reasons that any person can’t have a yoga practice. Regardless of your illnesses, injuries, or disability, a good teacher can design a practice for you and your body, at this time in your life. There are so many awesome instructors out in the world today, Wow!
Can’t wait to see you on the mat!
You never know where I might show up!
Think! Live! Love
Truly and truly today!
Photo by Hal Samples
Certification by Gaia Flow Yoga
Training by oh so many others 😄