Yoga draws people in for many reasons – maybe we know why, maybe we don’t. At the beginning, for at least a year I attended several weekly classes with my teacher and I didn’t know why I was there. I didn’t always feel prepared, or strong enough or as though I had enough energy, but I knew I needed to be there.
That’s the thing about yoga. Without you realising, it gets under your layers. It can teach you a lot about yourself, some things you may not even want to know, but eventually come to see that it can help you a lot more than looking in the mirror ever will.
Some days I felt too tired to make it to the end of class, sometimes my arms would collapse at the first try of holding up my own body weight and sometimes in savasana, all I could think of was what I would be having for dinner. Yet the one constant thing was that I always felt better after having been to class, and I knew that for some moments during it I had stopped my mind from wandering.
It took me a long time to notice but eventually I began to notice that I had more energy every day, more focus and concentration, more ability to see things clearly, and even my spaghetti arms were getting a little bit stronger.
Just because I am now on my teaching journey doesn’t mean I’m suddenly free of experiencing any of these things. There are days when I still struggle to get on the mat, days when I feel weaker than the day before and times when my mind wants to be somewhere completely different. But yoga isn’t about being perfect. Yoga is about taking time to dedicate to yourself, your body and your mind. It is about being still, working through blockages and challenging yourself to do the things that are difficult that you would rather not do.
Life doesn’t always go the way we want it to but if we can learn to let go and to accept and to be then life can certainly take on a whole new perspective.
So if a yoga mat is calling you, listen to it’s voice…