Yoga. You’ve been hearing and seeing this word everywhere – literally. If you’re not already a Yogi, you’re wondering what the fuss is all about. You know it has to do with postures, but there has to be more to it, right?
Well, the answer is as simple as YES. Don’t get me wrong, postures feel great and empowering but yoga also has a lot more to offer. Over the past eight years of practice, here are the beautiful notions it has taught me:
To accept myself as I am
Before practicing yoga, I didn’t really know I could control my mind and turn my negative thoughts into positive ones. As funny as it may sound, I also wasn’t aware that I was allowed to accept myself just the way I am. However, through time, with meditation, the philosophy of yoga and the physical practice itself, things started shifting. I saw my practice and movement as beautiful, no matter what it looked like, as long as it felt good. Understanding how I could change my thoughts then led me to slowly accepting myself for all that I am, as long as it feels good in my body.
To love myself & my body
Once you learn to accept yourself and that you’re comfortable with it, love comes to you. And when you start feeling that love and allow yourself to embody it through yoga (or any other way that works for you), it feels wonderful. More than that, it also gets easier to give and receive love to and from others.
To take care of myself (mental & physical body)
I never used to take some ME time; I just didn’t know it was a thing. But then, I started practicing yoga. That’s where I realized how good it felt to take some time for myself. So, I went on with the idea of self-care and started taking more of this time for myself (and by myself). I’d stay in on a Friday night, grab some delicious food and watch a movie, for example. Soon enough, these simple ME moments felt just as good as my yoga practice.
PS. Self-care will appease both your physical and mental body, what more could you ask for?
To let go of judgement
To be honest, letting go of judgement is hard, especially towards yourself. I remember this one time in yoga class where things weren’t going the way I wanted them to. The result of that was me judging myself
all along, thinking I wasn’t good enough. Working through acceptance allowed me to move forward and finally let go of judgement. What good does it do anyway, to be so hard on yourself (or others)? Letting go of judgement will serve you on your yoga mat, but in your daily life as well. Just imagine how light you will feel once you stop thinking that you’re not good enough (and instead realize that you are more than enough)!
To choose happiness
Happiness and joy come from within and it happens in the present. Every morning, I choose to be happy and to let go of what is not serving me anymore. These words have resonated with me since day one, while hearing them for the first time in a yoga classes I was attending at the time. This does not mean I never have bad days but when I do, I try to change it around: I find nature, I go wild and walk barefoot, I put my favourite song on... I choose happiness.
So, here it is. Happiness, self-love, self-care, acceptance. And the best part is, I keep learning every single time I get on my mat, and I’m so very grateful for it.
Let’s chat! I’d love to hear about your experience with yoga, please feel free to comment below or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org