Ever get that feeling that life is rushing by yet you have no idea where it’s going? Modern life can be demanding and overwhelming and often times we are living day to day just keeping up with the list of things we need to do. It’s easy to become so accustomed to not having time to do what you want that you can lose touch completely with what those wants even are.
“There is a Zen story about a man riding a horse that is galloping very quickly. Another man, standing alongside the road, yells at him, “Where are you going?” and the man on the horse yells back, “I don’t know. Ask the horse.” I think that is our situation. We are riding many horses that we cannot control.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
The fact that people find time for yoga in this modern rush of life is wonderful and the list of reasons why is as varied as the people who practise. Be it Strength, flexibility, fitness, relaxation or an opportunity to nourish oneself or connect with something beyond ourselves; it doesn’t really matter why you come theres a whole lot of benefits to enjoy. The longer you practise the deeper it goes until one day you discover that Yoga can transform your whole life. Big claim I know, but I also know it’s true.
Yoga can be defined in many different ways but for me the most important word is connection. My practise is my time to connect body breath and mind and experience life directly, without the mental fog of distraction. This inwards focus is an invitation to be intimate with reality and initiate a deeper experience of self. My practise teaches me not only how to move, breath and live more efficiently, It also teaches me to watch my mind without being lost in it, to observe how I react to challenging situations.
It doesn’t matter so much WHAT you do in your practise as HOW, A yoga practise can create an opportunity to experience own wholeness. The best way to do that can differ for different people, and in different moments, so the most important ingredient is to be paying attention. Yoga is an invitation to participate in your own life, connecting mind body and soul to have a coherent conversation with life as it is. We need to become familiar with all aspects of ourselves in order to be able to access and utilise our full potential for creating a meaningful life and a beautiful world. Read the rest of this entry