Guest blog courtesy of Kotte
If you practice yoga often, you may agree with me on these five reasons we love yoga!
The number of reasons of why you should give yoga a go are endless. I hope that at least one of these five inspires you.
1- Breath; our breath is the fuel for our body to work, food is also, but breath…breath is the key for your systems to work in a harmonious way. By practicing yoga, you are teaching your body awareness of the breath, a lesson that you will eventually take with you everywhere.
2-Body; inflexibility is the most common reason people tell me as to why they have not tried yoga, however this should be one of the reasons you practice yoga. Whether you run, swim, do other sports, yoga will complement everything! It is the balance that your body needs for both, strength and restoration processes.
3- Mind; once you are aware of your thoughts you have the power to change them. Some of us have been victims of our thoughts and prisoners’ of our minds. From the process of discovering my body and breath through yoga, I also was also discovering the mind and learning to take control back. Bad thoughts do come but I am now aware and I can choose what is true and right and what is not, before I had zero control. Yoga teaches you to know yourself, it forces you, there is no other way, facing yourself is the way.
4- Union; the word yoga means Union. Practicing yoga will allow you to explore the Union of mind body and breath, but also of community. There is a reason why we practice yoga together – we build global consciousness. Whilst we live the process individually, we also do it collectively, which brings more empathy and kindness, and when we learn individual kindness we are able to spread it like a cold!
5- Practice; yoga is not a sport, or a game. Yoga is a practice. This means that every day will be different. Are you able to detach from the expectation that because you touched your toes on Tuesday it must happen today, Friday? Let that go! Yoga is not about that! Yoga is about finding kindness and acceptance and that today your fingers do not need to touch your toes. That is your yoga.
Read more about the International Day of Yoga and this years’ theme – yoga for peace.
Kotte runs some yoga classes here at Ara, to learn more follow this link.