I started my yoga practice about 3 years ago, and as mentioned in my previous post, it’s fair to say that yoga has changed my life. I found so much more than just a physical practice in yoga. Of course, the asanas or yoga postures are usually where most people start and they are a great way to stretch and stay fit. But yoga is really a philosophy, based on a meditative and spiritual core.
Okay, the word ‘spiritual’ might be where I lose some of you reading the article, and is probably where I would have lost interest myself a couple of years ago. You see, I come from a mostly non religious and fairly Cartesian and rational family. I’ve rarely been to church other than for weddings and funerals. Faith to me is quite a foreign concept, and in that sense, spirituality was not really a part of my upbringing.
Religion never resonated with me in the way that yoga does. My yoga practice lead me to being more open to spirituality, through meditation and little snippets of yogic philosophy heard in class. It also brought an interest in topics like mindfulness and positive thinking (or law of attraction), which would have been so far remote from my mindset before I started yoga.
In saying that, I am also truly passionate about the physical practice of yoga. I feel so much more aware of my body now, how it feels, and I have learnt how to relieve pain when I need to. I feel more confident in my body as well, and grateful for what it can do.
I’ve always been quite skinny as a child, and I remember being called names at school or being picked last for sports team. I do believe these things leave a mark with you and shape the kind of person you become. I always felt like I couldn’t run as fast as other people, or wasn’t as strong as them. Practising ballet and pointes for a number of years didn’t really help fixing that somehow, probably because it’s such a competitive and ruthless environment. Yoga on the other hand, not only helped me building strength and flexibility, but also taught me to love my body and be grateful for it.
Yoga applies to all areas in life, and I strongly believe that it is guiding me to a happier, more mindful life – I am so grateful to have found it.
For the first time in a long time, I have found something meaningful I am truly passionate about, and something I want to keep learning about as much as I can. I feel like there is a purpose to this, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.
I have been thinking about completing a deeper yoga training for quite a while now, and researched a lot of different training options and schools. But some part of me has been keeping me from taking the plunge: is it really reasonable to invest that amount of money if I am not even sure I want to teach yoga? Is it really reasonable to, once again, ‘go back to school’ when I only recently graduated from my Master of Business (and am still repaying my loan)? Will my body be able to practice yoga that intensively?
Look, I’m not going to lie, I haven’t yet found an answer all of these questions. I also think that it comes down to the idea that it’s ok to have multiple interests in life, it’s ok to not just be ‘one thing’. I love digital marketing, but I also love yoga, and each of these bring me something completely different.
So that’s it, I guess now that it’s out there, I am taking a leap of faith (haha) and doing it. I have found an amazing place to complete my training, all I have to do is say ‘yes’.