What does Yoga mean to me?
Updated: Jul 31, 2019
A physical, mental and spiritual lifestyle and wellbeing, guided through practice and philosophy to assist one in finding clarity and stillness of the mind.
On life's journey, Yoga has improved my Physical wellbeing; for example when practicing Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa, I was introduced to the power of core strength and felt myself growing and enabling my body to achieve physical things I never though possible when first beginning my training. It helped me to become disciplined in challenging the physical body.
Mentally, by challenging my body I began to understand that through discipline and focus of the mind I was able to achieve more productivity, and once the mind is focused on something many goals can be accomplished; for example through use of the Asana and Pranayama during lunchtime and weekend yoga sessions, for that entire hour I was able to use the breath and yoga practice to let go and pause everything else that was going on around me; this helped me to still a busy mind during a long work day!
Through use of meditation I found that the focus not only applied when on the mat but also during everyday life, whether it be challenging times, obtaining new life skills, change in attitude or lifestyle, or when aiming to achieve short/long term goals.
Spiritually through yoga philosophy and Raja meditation I have found that I am able to connect the yogic disciplines to my everyday life, that they resonates with my own core beliefs and those that I have been taught whilst growing up. Meditation helps one to totally clear the mind of business which is so important at various times in life. In the past I have found myself questioning ‘who am I?’ and yoga meditation helped me to gain clarity, which in turn enabled me to understand who I am and where I want to go in life.
The traditional yoga ethics covered in the Yamas and Niyamas guidelines provide insight on how we treat ourselves and the world around us. They resonate with me as a baseline for living life, loving yourself and others; to include speaking your truth whilst not hurting others, not stealing or being unnecessarily greedy and taking everything in moderation. Clean pure thoughts, being grateful but always striving for more, understanding that there is a higher power working through us all and my favourite... “Know thyself”; in summary bring love, energy, focus and discipline to practise! in doing so, you will surely reap the benefits that the gift of Yoga has to offer.