Yoga as a noun is a type of exercise in which you move your body into various positions to become more fit or flexible, to improve your breathing, and to relax your mind.  

It yoga teacher training (YTT) across Canada, from Vancouver, Victoria , Kamloops, Banff, Jasper, Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Regina, SaskatoonWinnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, St Johns, yoga is taught as a philosophy which first developed in India, in which physical exercises and meditation are believed to become calmer and united in spirit with God.  Both explanations describe yoga for me, in my view. 

Pursuing A YTT

If I would have answered this question right when I decided to pursue a YTT to become a teacher. I would have thought exercise only.  

I lost sight of what yoga really meant to me; yes it helps build stronger leaner muscles, increased strength, and flexibility; and yes I want to incorporate that into my teaching practices.  But to me yoga means a lot more then just the physical look of my body, Rolf Gates once said:

“Yoga is not a work-out; it is a work-in.  And this is the point of spiritual practice, to make us teachable, to open up our hearts, and to focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are”

YTT Spoke Volumes

This quote spoke volumes to me, to the fact it is equally important to keep your physical body healthy but your mental and spiritual side needs to be taken care of as well.  If your mind isn’t healthy your body isn’t either. 

I have switched by meditating to later in the evening after I have practiced yoga.  This help me to become so focused on strength and endurance that I lost sight of my connection with the universe.  Now bringing myself back to that connection.  

The Book

The book “the Universe has your Back” by Gabrielle Bernstein has helped me reclaim my spiritual relation with yoga.  This book helped me comprehend that meditation goes hand and hand with the physical aspects of yoga. 

The feeling I get after I practice yoga is as if my body is in complete euphoria.  I feel happy, warm, and at peace with myself.  I can radiate the love I feel inside to the outside more physical me.  

The stress is diminished and the negative thoughts are gone and I have a feeling of purity.  As said by B.K.S. Iyengar “Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees it.”  

This quote touched most when I first read it and stands true for me as the person I am today.  When I practice yoga, breathing exercises, and feel the stillness around me, I get to heal what’s inside me in order for me to truly become the teacher I want to be.

So What Is It About

 The spiritual aspect of yoga means connecting with the universe around me, finding peace and happiness in mediation to be able to radiate joy and love and for myself in my practice as well in my day to day life.