Life pushes us in directions which are often unexpected, unpredictable and sometimes unimaginable. It moves us, challenges us, changes us and requires us to continue to grow and evolve. Life is like a dance; a dance in which we are engaged in from the day we are born until the day we die.
The practice of yoga invites us to be true to ourselves and teaches us the steps to dance the dance of life with grace, even in the face of life’s inevitable obstacles. Yoga is something which is intuitive and creative and in it’s truest sense, it cannot actually be taught. It has to be felt. What can be taught, however, are the tools to help to create the conditions in which we are able to go beyond ridged and linear thinking and open up to perceiving the more intuitive resonance we feel in our hearts. It is by doing the inner work and learning to trust in what we feel, that we are able to live more authentically and grow towards being the best versions of ourselves. It’s a journey of self discovery.
For many, the idea of practicing yoga may seem daunting and intimidating, especially because there is a lot of confusion surrounding what yoga actually is. It’s a myth that you need to be flexible to to practice yoga, that’s a bit like saying you can’t start swimming lessons because you don’t know how to swim! The study of yoga asana is not about mastering the postures, but about using each posture as a tool to understand and accept ourselves as we are. Yoga focuses on raising our awareness and in helping us to establish a more intimate relationship with ourselves. It teaches us to be present and to embrace each moment exactly as it is without judgement or expectation. It is not about being the best, but about doing our best. Increased flexibility along with the numerous other physical, mental and energetic benefits are just pleasant side effects of a traditional practice.