For many of us, 2016 was hectic with all kinds of surprises around the corner. Our worlds may have been turned upside down or sideways.
In my case it did, but not because of all that happened, but because of yoga poses, which made all that happened seem a little lighter!
How Would Yoga Help?
Consider a regular practice of yoga as a buffer. A buffer in many ways.
Physically, it makes you stronger. Mentally, it keeps you alert. Emotionally, it keeps you balanced. With yoga as part of your lifestyle, you can be more prepared to face the world.
The emphasis on deep breathing soothes your nervous system, which in turn calms your body and mind. It allows you to be more in touch with yourself, and stay in a place of authenticity.
Next time you have a reaction, it may suddenly appear to be less strong, or pass by quicker. This is because in the practice of yoga, you learn to create space. Space in your mind, space between emotions, and ultimately, space between an action and a reaction.
What Are The Immediate Changes I’ll See?
Physically, it is also one of the best practices. Stretching the muscles keeps your body not only flexible, but also healthy!
Our body is made up of a large part of fluid, and when sitting idle, this also becomes still. By moving the body, you nourish and lubricate your joints, muscles, organs and the lymphatic system.
Suddenly, you may not feel as tired or sluggish anymore. It may be easier to get out of bed in the morning. Life starts to have a new meaning! One of energy, enthusiasm and positivity.
So, Why Don’t More People Take Up Yoga?
The number one reason I hear about people not doing yoga is that they are not flexible. It is important to understand that flexibility is not a prerequisite for doing yoga.
This is something that develops along the way of your practice, and should never be seen as the end goal. It is a tool for the body, to stay healthy and fit, and to avoid injuries.
Don’t get shied away from all those fancy pictures you see on Instagram! What real yoga is about, is keeping you healthy, nourished, balanced and relaxed.
So, why not make a commitment to yourself in this new year. A commitment to making 2017 an year of transformation. Perhaps it involved getting out of your comfort zone, but that usually comes hand in hand with personal growth.
So go ahead, roll your yoga mat out and begin the year with dedication to your wellbeing- operation self love. Dedicate an amount of time each day, whether it is 15 minutes or 1 hour, to be with yourself and go inward. Stretch the body.
Bring your awareness to your breath. And smile to yourself as you remember how magnificent you are.
About The Author
Originally comes from Holland, Lakshya has spent her life living across the globe and found her true home in India.
Now based in Mumbai, she teaches Hatha Yoga classes, holds Yoga Retreats around the world and is passionate about the study and sharing of Sanskrit and ancient Vedic Wisdom.