What is Yoga?

Definition of yoga : a system of exercises for attaining bodily or mental control and well-being.

Personally, the best most important aspect which stands out to me in the definition above is well-being. I think everyone strives to be the best version of themselves. Physically and mentally, which can put a toll on the mind and body, especially in the modern society.

Society

There is a constant buzz of pressure and comparison, fueled by our instant access to all things current via the internet and specifically, the social media. Yoga helps individuals attain physical and mental control over their body and mind, which in turn heals from the inside. I think that’s why so many who do yoga seek out yoga teach training eventually!

Well-being is one of the most important aspects of being a human but the majority of individuals never appreciate their mental and physical health until something goes wrong.

Personally

Personally, I have been doing yoga for several years in Victoria. yoga means many things to me. Some of which I might be aware off and some I am not. There are certain words which I associate with yoga practice that come to mind:

Gratefulness:

Grateful is the word which comes to my mind on a daily basis. I am always grateful for the path my life has taken and where it helped me to end up. I am grateful for my health, my loved ones and for everything given to me by either chance, luck or fate.

I think practicing yoga and meditating helps me to truly appreciate the life!

Inclusiveness:

Another word I associate with yoga has to do with tolerance and non-discrimination. I love the fact that yoga is for everyone! Regardless of age, race, financial situation, location, etc.

As an immigrant, I have experienced first-hand both the positive and negative parts of inclusiveness and discrimination. Yoga has no borders, colors, or rules.

Empathy:

Empathy and kindness go hand and hand with yoga. I think yoga helps individuals be more understanding of those around them. Which in turns leads to being more kind to one another through that understanding.

If everyone put themselves in everyone else’s shoes on the daily basis and truly empathize with one another, the world would be a more tolerant and loving place. Another aspect of empathy is giving back and be of service to each other.

I hope to one day be able to be of service to others through either my job or practice. I am still yet to discover what shape or form this might take, but I believe yoga will help me get there.

Presence:

With modern day technology and fast paced environment of the western world, it is easy to fall into a routine and let time fly by without any appreciation or awareness. Yoga practice helps me to better experience the present and live in the moment. Clearing of the mind and letting go of the daily stress during the practice is very therapeutic.

In Sum

Modern yoga: traditions provide comfort and a sense of stability from generation to generation, but I want to expand on the more modern definition of yoga and what it means to me. I love the fact that yoga practice translates to something different to everyone.

Calming of the mind, healing of the body and interaction with the outside world all happen differently for everyone because definitions and experiences vary. Yoga should be welcoming and all-inclusive which means accepting that in the modern society, yoga can take many shapes and forms.

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