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Discovering My Inner Yogi + The True Purpose of Yoga

From This Yogi Perspectives

I’ll be the first to admit that yoga and I haven’t always gotten along in the best of terms, especially when I first started to explore it as a practice. There were many classes right near the beginning that I struggled to maintain the poses, especially those calling for some kind of one legged concentrated balance, which I’m not the greatest in the first and those requiring extra coordination like switching between right and left legs has often been one of the more confusing yoga experiences, as even in day to day life I can be quite uncoordinated, bumping into things and people often not realizing it or tripping over myself all of which are common experiences. So to practice it in a yoga class at first was really stretching it- literally-  I was stretching myself to take on new poses outside my comfort zone as a way to see what I can do and how far I could stretch before feeling sore afterwards. Through it I learned that there is such a thing as stretching yourself too far and that most yoga classes include this type of stretching in it so had come to accept the soreness afterwards as a sign of a successful session.

Discovering the True Purpose of Yoga (for Me):

I had no idea that there could be more to yoga than just stretching or that it could be an enjoyable feel good experience until I took a step back from these experiences and stepped into the right class. One that challenges me but not so far that I’ve having to de-stretch myself back into normal shape afterwards or has me feeling that I need to prove myself. Instead ,through an amazing teacher, I’ve learned that one of the most important parts of a yoga practice is in breathing and returning to the breathe, how to feel comfortable going at my own pace and that it’s okay if I can’t do all the poses as long as the ones I can do are done right. Most importantly I learned that yoga- for me at least- is about reconnecting with your body and not stretching it to the max. In this way I’ve not only been able to take a more lighter and forgiving approach to the practice, but have been reintroduced to my other self the one that feels instead of thinks, is grounded and more connected to the present than the analytic-thinking side that rarely takes a break. For this reason yoga has really appealed to me again and has encouraged me to continue practicing it this Fall in a class as a way to connect more with my inner yogi and explore yoga as a practice that actually feels good.

So until next time friends stay true, grounded and most importantly Stay You-nique



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