The thing I love about teaching yoga is seeing the transformations in people. Practice diligently for 12 months and it will change your life. But the question I get asked the most is “How exactly does it work”?
What makes yoga so life changing compared to Pilates or the gym?
Firstly, the yoga poses are just the start. People are attracted to being flexible and they think yoga is easy so they give it a go. Then they get hooked. There’s something about moving, breathing and stretching in a room full of people that elevates our mood.
The poses are just the tip of the iceberg. They are just designed to prepare the body and mind for meditation.
Then there’s the breathing. I know you’ve been breathing all your life and that you’re good at it but most people never give their most important possession any attention. Car enthusiasts can spend hours each week polishing their treasured possession, yet most breathers don’t even notice that they’re doing it.
Practice for a while and you’ll hear mysterious talk about energy, chakras and meridians. It’s not woo woo. It’s just the body’s energy anatomy. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. You can’t see your thoughts either, do they exist?
And then there’s all the talk about being present, being in the “Now”, being in the moment. What does that mean anyway? This is where yoga unites the mind and body, by bringing our attention to present moment awareness, we can create some space from our thoughts and step out of the bubble of our minds.
The mind-body connection is key to yoga. Without it, we may as well be making shapes.