Insights : Why and how I yoga 'every damn day'
Yoga and the guidance provided within the sutras (observations, principles and the basic teachings at the very foundation of yoga) are all encompassing.
Yoga literally translates to ‘union’ and whilst yoga initially meant just creating shapes within my physical body, stretching, balancing and twisting, it gradually in time, and through a natural course of it’s own developed into a deep connection between my body, my mind and my soul (the energy at the very core of who I am).
I practice yoga every day and the benefits can be reaped in any moment. This practice does not necessarily mean that I create space and roll out my mat:
Inhale - exhale
When I am breathing, taking my attention to each inhalation and exhalation, being mindful of the air within my body, I am doing yoga.
When I choose to eat sustainable, healthy whole foods in order to fuel my body with positive energy, caring for this vessel that enables me to live my life to the full, I am doing yoga.
When I decide to selflessly offer up my own energy and love with no expectation of reward, but in the faith that love and energy will in some way be returned to me in abundance one day, I am doing yoga. I am acting from a place of abundance and faith rather than fear of not having enough.
When I choose not to react to a situation, but instead to observe, accept and let ‘shit go’, I am doing yoga.
Gratitude is the attitude
When I choose to express gratitude and cultivate positivity with my thoughts, words and actions I am choosing not to harm myself and those around me, I am doing yoga.
When I let go of trying to control situations and allowing judgments to pass over me, whether good or bad, placing no attachment on either, I am doing yoga.
When things don't go quite to plan; feeling a little lost, overwhelmed and confused, I take my awareness to the ground, the earth beneath my feet and the support that it provides me. Anchoring and grounding me to my centre; in being mindful of this connection to the earth and its reassuring, supporting properties I am doing yoga.
Yoga can govern all areas within our everyday lives. It has the power to create union within our all too often fragmented selves and a connection to others, the world that surrounds us and the source of all energy within the Universe.
Yoga for me is something to be celebrated and shared within any community; regardless of race, religion, gender, sexuality, nationality, language or age. It is inclusive; a message that humanity can learn from. We are one and should celebrate differences and the unique gifts that each soul has to share with the world, rather than striving, competing, seeking to control, pursuing power and money.
Yoga is the sharing of love and light; creating connection in a disconnected world.
Why do you practice yoga? What does yoga mean to you?