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  • The big one

    For the first post I thought I’d go in there big, with the million dollar question:

    What is yoga?

    Well, as I’ve already done so elsewhere on my website, I once again provide the cop-out response that this is an impossible question to answer fully, as yoga means something different to each person that does it. So instead, I thought it would be more useful to highlight some of the things I believe yoga to be, which keep me returning to the mat each day:

    A way of making my body feel healthy, strong and supple.

    A way of switching off my busy mind each day and focusing on the breath and the flow, grounding me and creating mental peace; a moving meditation.

    A comforting, constant presence in my life that is always there for me, even when everything else goes a bit crazy.

    A way of looking inward and learning so much about myself – and what I learn on the mat is then carried with me into daily life.

    A daily opportunity to practise qualities such as discipline, humility, patience, acceptance, courage, self-belief and determination.

    A way of finding balance in my life, on so many levels; between strength and flexibility, effort and surrender, movement and stillness, mind and body.

    A way of meeting like-minded, interesting people and being regularly inspired by others.

    Each of you will have different reasons for doing yoga or wanting to start doing it, and such diversity is wonderful; yoga is certainly multi-faceted enough to accommodate a huge array of different motivations. But, one thing I am pretty sure of is that, in all cases, yoga will bring positive things into the lives of those who choose to do it, sometimes in ways that they didn’t expect. For me, I don’t think I’ve once regretted getting on my mat and doing a session. And that has to be a good sign!

    If you’d like to share some of your own thoughts on what yoga is to you, even if you’ve never done it before, then I’d love to hear them…

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