What does yoga mean to me:
Yoga is a way of life. As my yoga journey began it was more about the physical, but as time went on things changed and I discovered a whole new depth of myself and my surroundings through my yoga practice. I strive to live my yoga in each moment. "Where am I fighting? Where can I bring more ease? Why am I reacting in this way?” Constantly surveying my field of awareness and noticing where I need to "bring it" and where I need to back off. Most importantly, never judging myself. This is the practice. On the mat it’s the same, off the mat its the same. Yoga is to evolve, to transcend my own weaknesses and strive to be a better human version of myself than the day before. The practice never stops!
To someone trying yoga for the first time:
Number one rule, don’t judge yourself. And if you do, notice you are doing it and knock it off! The thing beyond flexibility and strength you will gain is more awareness, and with this you may start to see yourself differently. You’ll notice your irritabilities, weaknesses, ego, strength and stamina so much more when you really allow yourself to slow down. This gift, while sometimes showing us more than we care to see at times, is a real tool in self-evolution. Be patient, don’t judge, and enjoy the journey. If you really allow yourself to open up and be receptive to the practice, you’ll be amazed at the results, not just with your body but your whole life!
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