The Why - Our Members
Yoga is a personal practice, as unique and reflective of each individual as their lives and personal circumstances. People find their way to the mat either intentionally or by accident, and for a variety of reasons. Following Diana’s post on her WHY, we opened the question up to our studio members here at Yoga with Soul.
Why do they practice yoga? How did they start? What does yoga mean to them? And why do they keep coming back to the mat?
Here’s what some of our yogis and yoginis had to say:
Initially I started practicing yoga as I had heard that a strength and stretching session would complement my triathlon training. However, I have come to realise that it’s so much more than that! Practicing yoga has helped me to reconnect my body with my mind, becoming more observant and honest about how I am feeling – not only during the yoga classes, but during my other training sessions as well. It’s not just physical resilience that I need to develop during triathlon training, but mental resilience too. It’s been a bit of a revelation to understand that your mind needs looking after just as much as your body, and yoga has been the perfect step forward in my training program. I’m looking forward to seeing what else I can achieve with mind and body working in unison.
From my mid-teens I’d always taken part in one form of exercise or another (running, circuits, football, weight lifting and even martial arts). The years of exertion had taken its toll on my body, leaving me with a dodgy ankle, knee and the clichéd bad back. I’d never given yoga any serious thought as another way to exercise until my wife and daughter convinced me that I really should give it a try. Nearly a year later and I’m one hundred percent converted, even having relinquished my gym membership. I really enjoy the classes, the focus needed and the mildly lifted feeling I get post session. I love the effect it seems to be having on my ageing and mildly knackered body, having not had a bad back for around five months!
I’m particularly busy with life, always, and often feel like I’m running around after other people all the time – my mat is where I can fully focus on me, without responsibility for anyone else. I find the practice helps to relocate and reorient back into myself and my body, rather than the busy-ness of work and life. On a physical level, yoga has helped me to build core strength and improved my flexibility incredibly. On a mental or emotional level, I always feel more awake and in touch with my true inner self following a practice, with my energy recharged and refreshed.
So, now the only questions that remain are:
Why do YOU practice yoga?
Or, if you don’t:
Isn’t it time you started?
We’d love to see you at the Yoga with Soul studio here in Caerphilly. If you’d like more information, to speak to us about your practice, the classes we offer, perhaps where to start, feel free to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us and direct message us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter!