Yoga is a Process

Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual process that takes time. Many people come to a yoga class for the first time thinking that they should be able to do everything the teacher is instructing. However, the most successful way to do yoga lies in the presence you have in your body. It truly is about the journey in yoga. It’s important to realize that the way you approach your life is usually how you approach a yoga pose. Yoga is a practice that helps us to slow things down enough that we can truly see how we behave and react under different circumstances. I love yoga for the very reason that in the practices lies the opportunity to truly observe my reactions to pressure such as a tight muscle, aversions, abusive or circulating thoughts all the way to being unable to quiet my mind and calm myself down.

Simply observing your tendencies is a powerful practice that can open you to experiencing an epiphany, either during class or at a later time. Many people have difficulty with observing themselves in this way, because it feels incredibly uncomfortable at times, but having the courage to truly see what is happening in your mind is the first step to becoming liberated of these tendencies.

Yoga is traditionally a practice to prepare one for meditation. If you have ever felt that you wanted to just sit and be still after Savasana, it means that the practice is working, and you naturally want to meditate. This is a beautiful space to enter into, and I would encourage you to honour this breakthrough by regularly entering this state or deep relaxation and peace.

As always, I am here to serve. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely, Nicole

star4nic@shaw.ca