Through this blog post I hope to bring more awareness of how to make more lasting changes through your yoga practice.
Having practiced yoga since I was 16 I have gone through many stages of learning, experimentation and awareness. As a bit of an “all-or-nothing girl” I have put my body through many tests and experiments to really see how things worked. I have always been fascinated with the body and how it seems to be the “bellwether” for where we are in our lives. I have also done myriads of courses all over the world all in the search of the truth about our bodies.
From being self taught for many years, then qualifying as a Bikram Yoga Teacher way back in 1997 and more recently in a multi style yoga in India I have witnessed many different viewpoints and experiences. For a period of at least 12 years I gave up yoga completely and concentrated purely on energy work and the effect of our consciousness on the body. This was the period when I experimented the most and I have witnessed amazing things with both my own and other people’s bodies which has forever changed the way I think and the way I now approach my yoga practice and teaching.
However simply put in the context of this blog post, I believe it is our thoughts and feelings that affects the body most, more than any outside substance. Obviously there are exceptional cases, but you get the gist! What you believe to be true will start to play out in the body hence you often see people of the same age with vastly difference experiences going on with their body.
For example, a lot of people say to me “Oh I could never do yoga, I’m not flexible!” So if that person is qualifying their body as inflexible the body will faithfully obey and produce that result and as that is what it is being “told” to do.
So how do you get past these limiting thoughts and invite more possibility with your body? Well there are several ways and one of those is through a “conscious” yoga practice. A way to a more conscious yoga practice (no matter what type of yoga you prefer) is to pay attention to the three key things that I talked about in my earlier blog posts:
- Presence in the posture
When all this takes place in your practice you will find more of a peace when you can start to experience more of the real you, the Presence of you, that is beyond your usual thoughts and feelings.
This is an infinite subject so check out this blog for more snippets and hopefully you will start your own jigsaw of how everything fits together and all is totally connected!
Until next time…