Interpreted by Illo
By definition YOGA means ‘’UNION” ~ Union; with the inner and the outer, the moon and the sun, the Yin and the Yang, the feminine and the masculine.
“A further meaning of the word “Yoga” is to attain what was previously unattainable” T.K.V Desikachar
Yoga comes from the Hindu philosophy it was practiced in order to prepare the body for the asana, which is the meditation seat. Yoga is a path to meditation and meditation is practiced not only to cultivate mindfulness/stillness and presence, but more profoundly to reconnect to the earth (Root chakra opening to the earth) and the skies (Crown chakra open to the skies) allowing ourselves to recharge our energies and cleanse. In order to attain liberation, free of the chatters of the mind, pain and suffering. ONE with the Divine, back to the Source.
“Don’t chase the destination, focus on the journey”
Today, in our ongoing, never stopping civilization and activities – Yoga became an answer to overwhelming situations, to stress and to disconnection – we take this time on the mat to relax and give ourselves a break from the chaos in our head and world. Yoga is nowadays hugely focused on the physical aspect of the practice; it became a trend and business opportunities for many, which at the end of the day I am happy for – all motivation to wellness is a step forward in my opinion.
But there’s one thing that I’d really love to share with you today and it is that you don’t have to be on the mat to practice yoga, you don’t have to follow a teacher or a video – you can do it everywhere at any time for as long as it suits you.
So what is yoga to me? What are ways you can practice yoga?
Going back to the core, yoga meaning Union this is where it starts.
Inhale your arms up, feel the resistance of the air against your arms, your breath coming in from the belly up to the collarbones passing through your rib cage. Hands touching over your head. Exhale slowly bring your hands down to your side experiencing the lightness of the movement. Now close your eyes and repeat it. Pay close attention to your movement matching breath and movement.
“ Yoga is a meditation in motion”
On the physical aspect of yoga, we connect breath and movement, aiming to still the mind and focusing entirely on how our body reacts, muscle engages, breathe deep and slow, skin and tissue expanding… Opening our bodies while inhaling, closing it down on the exhale.
This is yoga.
Yoga to me communicates your level of presence to what you are doing, thinking, are.
Have you ever experience what, in positive psychology is called ‘the flow’ meaning you are so present, connected, mindful of everything around what you are doing that you feel every sensation, every second feels like an eternity and you are fully embracing what you’re doing focusing only on that one thing? And magically enough, this is when you perform this task the best.
Well this to me is Yoga, with effort and devotion you can apply it to every aspect of your life, while cooking, while running, while working, while speaking (this one is particularly amazing because you access a space of knowledge you didn’t even know existed). My best yoga practice is when I am so present to my movement that I don’t even feel like the hour’s been by.
“When you are present, without the conditioning of your past you become the presence of God”
The beautiful aspect of yoga is that wherever you are on this journey of self-discovery what ever you do will bring you forward, and once you step forward you can never go back. Even when we feel like we are regressing we are actually moving forward.
Here are some tools and ideas you can explore:
Start the day with 3 mindful breath
Welcome your feelings (feelings are just another form of data coming from the body to the mind)
Eat what makes you feel alive – actually take a moment to listen to your body after eating, ‘’how do I feel after eating this food?” ask yourself “What does ALIVE food looks like to me?”
Practice meditation – maybe just start sitting with a mantra (a word or sentence repeating and repeating it over and over)
Turn your phone off while you’re working
Listen to positive songs and sing along (singing mantra is brilliant for you – calling the magic to happen within and outside of you)
Repeat opening and closing movement matching them to your breath, it’s depth and length
Explore the areas that scare you
Make peace with someone
Tell your people that you love them
Some of these examples might not be in direct correlation to yoga, but it’s about inviting and creating the vibration we want to attract in our life.
On this note, I wish you a beautiful connection to you – knowing that in every single one of you God resides. Your answers are already there.
Love & Light,
If you’re interested in jumping deeper in these subjects and aspect of yourself I would recommend you start with these books:
(Just pick the one that is calling you and go for it – that’s your one)
The heart of Yoga by T.K.V Desikachar
Jivamukti Yoga by Shanon Gannon and David Life
The Ancient Science of Mantras by Om Swami
Mind full to mindful by Om Swami
A complain free world by Will Bowen
A new Earth by Eckhart Tolle
Mindset – Carol Dweck
Kundalini – Om Swami
The book of kindness – Om Swami
The Serpent of Light – Drunvalo Melchizedek
Loving what is – Byron Katie
Rise sister rise – Rebecca Campbell
The Universe has your back – Gabby Bernstein
The Celestine Prophecy - James Redfield
Alchemist - Paulo Coelho