When I started Yoga many many years ago, I really thought it was all about Asana. I thought Asana, the physical posture, was ALL the Yoga.
I didn’t realise till later that it was 1/8th of Yoga. Wow. 1/8th. Its small in comparison with the focus we put on Asana in the West.
Here’s 8 things I didn’t know about Yoga when I started:
- 1. Savasasana, the final resting pose, its vital. Its not optional, nor a spare 5/10 mins to grab a latte when you’ve finished the class.
- 2. Pranayama, can help calm and centre me. Yup. Thats right, the breath can and does bring me back and help me to make better choices.
- 3. Handstands are fun, and not just for young things in their 20’s! I’m 45 and I love to do handstands, no free balancing yet, but getting there. Practice and all is coming! I’m counting on your Mr BKS Iyengar.
- 4. Asana does make me feel better, in my skin, in my mood, in my breath. Its far reaching and I always feel better after some asana. Grab what you can, 5 mins or 30 mins, a class at a studio, a mat in the backyard, a minute before going out.
- 5. Mudras are fun, interesting and effective. I love Jnana Mudra at the moment, the thumb and forefinger resting together. Nice. Yummy. Soothing.
- 6. Mediation is the nectar. Its the reason we do asana, so we can sit comfortably in our skin. So we can be with ourselves, so we aren’t running all the time; to things, away from things.
- 7. The Yoga Sutras are ancient but they have gold in them to help us make good choices. I’m loving studying the sutras with my teacher Kelly Connor-Sunrose. Yum.
- 8. Yoga isn’t a small part of my life, its the lens through which I try to remember to see my life. Its practice, a constant ever evolving practice.