I saw the above saying and love it so, I want to share. I believe yoga has come to mean many different things to many different people, for me there are multiple layers of what it means. I have learned to understand many different feelings in my body and what they mean. I have learned that my bodies needs are unique to me and to do what’s right for me and me alone. I have learned to be more gentle with myself and that my body & mind are amazing creations. I have learned how to use this thing called yoga to assist in feeling great in my body. I have learned that I do not need to live with aches & pains throughout my body.
Come to your yoga mat to feel!! Feel if you get frustrated, feel if you get calm, feel if you can open up to whatever is in store for you, feel if you push to hard, or not hard enough. There are so many possible feelings, “I don’t like that pose, I’m no good at it, I love this, it feels great, I can never do this one, and on and on. Yoga is a practice everyday, over and over again. I don’t think there is some end goal or mastering everything. My body is always changing, aging, dealing with sickness, dealing with all my emotions and so how could it ever be the same day to day. In conjunction with my mind always thinking and put those things together to possibly understanding your own bodies feeling. Its mind and body, as the last time I checked they are connected. I know many people who when asked “what are you feeling in your body”, they don’t have a sense of those feelings. That’s ok, we all learn at our own pace and understand things when were ready. Maybe there is another question to ask yourself, other than what are you feeling. Another question, might be when your in a certain yoga pose, are there places in your body that you have a sensation, or, does one side feel different than the other, or are you getting frustrated? I think there are many different questions that can be asked. Sometimes I get on my yoga mat and the first thing I think is “I’m tired and would rather be still” and I start to move slowly and keep going and almost always that “tired” feeling is gone. Other times, I get on my mat and I feel achy or some of my specific issues ( left hip ) is not happy, so I honor those feelings and do things that might feel good for those areas. Sometimes I get on my mat and am ready to tear it up and I do! Each time I get on my mat, I think and then sense what my different body parts are feeling and allow that to be part of my guide for what I do. I try and notice what feelings come up as I move and I try to feel, what ever it is, I try to feel over and over again.
A back pain study and its findings. Not surprising to me, yoga is one of the things that works! There is no way around the time and work you have to put in, but if you’re willing to do the work the rewards are no pain! I know this first hand because when I do the work my body feels amazing and as soon as I start to slack off, I feel the aches start to creep back in. Those aches if not dealt with turn to bigger aches or full on pain. I don’t make the rules of the human body, but I know for sure that if I am willing to put in the time the rewards are amazing.
It seems like a no brainer to me, but so many people are still so confused about back pain and what to do. Please read the article and I promise to help you if your so inclined!
There are so many kinds of yoga and different ways teachers put classes and programs together, there really is something that works for every body. I have been reading many articles of late that speak of not liking this and not liking that from different teachers and people in the industry that it has made me think, isn’t there room for yoga for every body? I myself have written before about how I can’t do some of the poses and in my aging body, I have chosen to slow down and do what’s right for me, but I never threw out negativity at another teacher or program. I am not sure how it helps to spew negativity at each other, why cant there be enough room for us all to do our thing?
My way of doing yoga and putting things together comes from years of going to classes, studying with various teachers, working with many students and paying close attention to my body and what works. I am always quite clear when I put something together in a way that is not my original idea to tell people. I tell them I put together some yoga moves I have learned from others and some physical therapy techniques I have learned. There is enough room for us all and there are so many ways of doing things. I think finding something safe is first and then knowledgably, they kind of go hand in hand. Finally, I believe personality and liking the person who you decide to study with is important. Personally I like a lite hearted and fun attitude, but I know many people who want a more serious environment and that’s ok.
There are some amazing teachers who really know their stuff and finding the right one for you is all you have to do! Whether you do private yoga or go to a group class find a teacher who continues to study and understand the human body, who understand combining healing modalities is an amazing combination for injury prevention, healing and feeling amazing!