The practice of yoga is unique. It connects us, and brings us together.
People practice around the world – in all different shapes, colors and sizes.
Yoga is open and accepting to all walks of life, one of the many reasons it is so appealing.
But practicing yoga means something different to everyone.
There is no right or wrong way to practice. For some of us, yoga is a lifestyle. We practice every day, almost religiously.
For others of us, we simply enjoy the physical activity of a power yoga class or the relaxation of a restorative class.
So what is the connecting factor?
Ultimately, yoga is all about learning about ourselves.
Renowned yoga teacher Rolf Gates likes to say that “yoga is not a work out, it is a work-in.”
Our yoga practice – at whatever level – starts us on the journey to self-exploration and self-acceptance.
This doesn’t mean that everyone has to enjoy yoga. Plenty of people out there just don’t care for it. The unique characteristic of yoga is that everyone’s version of his/her practice is different. Yoga has distinct meanings to each person.
So how do you know what it means to you? Just grab your mat and show up with an open heart, open mind, and a sense of humor (so you can learn to laugh at yourself…because sometimes those poses are just funny!)
And for a little inspirations, watch this great video on how one man used yoga to transform his unhealthy life in an amazing way.
– Jocelyn Bradley