The Gift of Yoga
Yoga is a gifted opportunity.
One that has the potential to instigate a deep personal discovery.
When we allow ourselves the time to delve within we are able to cultivate a relationship between mind and body that unlocks a new self awareness.
It is a time to be alone with our minds, our bodies and our breath, through fluid conscious movement.
This is when we begin to listen.
And the more we listen, the more we intuit what our physical and emotional needs are.
When we engage in running, cycling or activities at the gym for example, we push our bodies to the utmost. We are challenging ourselves, besting times and distances – yoga however, slows everything down by taking the focus inwards and expanding the breath so that we may identify how are bodies are responding. As well as balancing large muscle groups, elongating the body and stretching soft tissues such as tendons and ligaments, yoga encourages us to centre the breath within areas of pain or stiffness in order to help identify and ultimately ease symptoms. With such rooted and concentrated breathing, the capacity of our lungs also improve.
And what about the voices in our heads that tell us where we’re going wrong? What we could be doing better? Judging and questioning past and current choices made.
Boosting the relationship between mind, body and breath helps to reconnect the path that leads to self respect.
So we move consciously, focusing on the breath, releasing tension from the body and therefore tension from the mind. We are able to let go of the critical voices in our heads and nurture patience, compassion and empathy for ourselves as well as others.
Developing a committed yoga practice can be an intensely personal and curious journey, but one that leads to greater balance physically and mentally. As we move in new ways, we are using our physical presence to inspire positive thoughts and healing. It is an empowering act of self care that grounds our perspective and strengthens our bodies.
Giving ourselves the permission to practice such an act of self care is something many of us find difficult to do. But once we allow ourselves the time and patience to develop such a practice, our physical and spiritual wellbeing swiftly unfolds.