What comes to mind when you hear the word? To some people, the word "yoga" conjures images of man-buns, yoga pants, and athletic body types. It brings up images of people in contorted poses who still manage to smile through the crazy...
Yet there are others who have never experienced a yoga practice in the traditional sense. I'm here to tell you, yoga isn't something you do. Yoga is something you feel. Yoga is a process by which we "unlearn" what we think we know and explore each practice with a child-like curiosity. Feel each pose. Feel where your body is in that moment. Feel your breath (prana) moving throughout your body and nourishing the entire system.
Sound like something you want to do? In order to start your practice you need 3 things:
1. A Body (and a Pulse!)
If you're scrolling through this blog, while eating a sandwich, chances are, you've got this requirement covered. Anybody, and every body can do yoga.
2. A Desire to Practice
Yoga has amazing benefits (more on that in another post), and in order to reap the rewards, we've gotta have a consistent practice. Whether we choose to practice 20 minutes or 2 hours, as long as we're consistent, we'll begin to see the changes in our mind, body, and soul.
3. An Open Mind
The number one reason I've come across for people being hesitant to try yoga is that they're unsure of what to expect! Everyone's yoga experience is a little bit different, however, the benefits are universal. It may be a case of simply finding your fit. If you feel that starting with a full class in a studio setting is overwhelming, there are other options to explore. There are YouTube videos, articles, and workshops that can help ease you in. Or, you can always work with someone one-on-one to get you comfortable with the terminology and poses. I happen to know someone who does just that!
If you're on the fence about trying yoga, or if you're ready to give it another go, in the words of a yogi... there's no time like the present.
From my heart to yours,
Jas Bhandal is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500) with over 18 years’ experience. She takes on a holistic approach to teaching, and has developed a lifestyle and practice centred around mindfulness. She works with individuals who are feeling overwhelmed and burnt-out, and helps them to regain balance, build strength, and feel like they can BREATHE again. She feels that life is meant to be lived with joy, gratitude, and a dedication to being present, and uses these elements to help her students connect to themselves and their communities.
Find her at www.yogawithjas.com, or connect at email@example.com.