benefits of yoga
The yoga mat is your sacred space, your playground for learning. In this arena we're all students and teachers. In fact as a teacher facilitating the class, I find my students are the best teachers as I learn the most from them. We're all equal and I do my best to channel the ancient teachings of yoga to my best ability.
Maintaining mobility after breast cancer treatment is important, and a little yoga is a great way to get started. Yoga poses that are gentle and safe for everyone are the ideal way to maintain mobility - no matter what your level of fitness.
I'm thick-legged and a bit overweight. In class or on social media I'm not the lithe, beautiful, blonde woman bending herself in half with complete serenity and ease. I'm the chubby girl with the shaved head in the corner spilling out of her yoga shorts, red-faced and sweaty as I fold myself into whatever position is being taught at the moment.
In light of this, I am all the more determined to cultivate an ethos of self-acceptance in my classes. I hope to help people reject comparisons with ideals, and dispel any myths around yoga practitioners and teachers as being special, other-worldy, or privy to insights on enlightenment.
Nearly two years ago, I started practising yoga. I intended to write about how it has changed my parenting. On reflection
My knees felt super sore in Yin Yoga today. I looked around me and everyone else seemed fine, all folded over in Pigeon Pose
I came back to Yoga, experiencing burnout, as a way to quiet my anxious mind, boost my low mood and relax tense muscles. It did that, and so much more. Yoga taught me to let in some acceptance for myself, physically and emotionally. To smile when my tree pose is shaky and to notice, with kindness, if my chest is carrying a tell-tale ball of stress.
Whether it is taking your car to the same garage year after year or sticking to the same plumber, electrician, personal trainer - those who practice yoga work with the yoga teachers they personally judge to be the best.
The main idea of yoga is to explore your physical, and most importantly, your mental abilities and test your limits. It is the ideal way of getting in tune with your body and inner-self. Yoga can also help you with early detection for physical problems and allow you to take preventive action.
The more you practise, the deeper you go, you begin to break patterns in life that no longer serve you, you find a deeper peace in life as you take your practise out of the hot room and all the alignment you find in the yoga, you bring to your daily life.