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Yoga is more than just the poses that we meld our body into on the mat. It is a way of living, a way to connect to our selves, and with the world around us. When I first found yoga I was scared of being alone with my thoughts, but as I grew to listen to those same thoughts and dig deeper into myself I grew to love the ideas and teachings that yoga brought into my life. Not only did I learn to be at one with myself, but I also learned about how to be at one with my environment, and the environments beyond that as well. I started to learn how to be okay with the bad, and the good, the negative and the positive. You can’t have one without the other. You need the downs to make you appreciate the highs.
When I started practicing yoga (looking at yoga teacher training) more frequently the people that started to enter my life were more attuned to the life I wanted to start to lead. I was becoming more awake, more conscious of myself and the world around me. I started to think more about my impact on the world. I was learning that there were things that I affected that I had no direct insight into, until I started to become more conscious. I started thinking through my actions and decisions more thoroughly, from seemingly the miniscule decisions on what to feed my body, to the far greater as to what I wanted to contribute to the world. What impact I wanted to make on my fellow human beings, and other creatures. I knew then that I wanted to do more to serve others and not just myself.
Everything happens for a reason, the good, the bad, the seemingly insignificant to us, it all has some effect on someone, even if we can’t see it. It all helps to mold us into the being we are supposed to be. We do have room to make our own choices, but we are gently guided to a path and must make a decision to follow it, or go down an alternate route. Sometimes we take the later and much further down the road we realize it was the wrong path, but we always have a chance to find that right path again.
I lost my way for a while, and found yoga, seemingly trailed off of the path and have found yoga again. I appreciate those side trips though, because now I appreciate the gifts that yoga I giving me even more. I am reminded that yoga is a way for me to be in touch and in tune with my body, to listen to it, to care for it, but it is also a way for me to connect with others. It is a way for us to connect as human beings, to be a community. It is such a gift to be able to have found this practice, and to be able to connect with myself and other beings on a deeper level. Yoga is a beautiful practice that is lived both on and off the mat.
As said at the end of a practice, Namaste, meaning “my soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, truth, beauty, and peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things we are united, we are the same, we are one.”