I am completely in love and married to my yoga practice for the rest of my life. Why? Because yoga gives you what you need -balance, strength, flexibility, endurance, peace of mind, clarity, openness, awareness…And I feel euphoric after I practice.
It not only sculpts and reshapes and opens the body, but it also sculpts and reshapes and opens the mind. It increases your ability to control your mind by increasing your ability to notice and choose your thoughts. Yoga teaches us to bring our attention away from the constant chatter of our thoughts by bringing our awareness to our breath. It gives our minds a rest. It helps us to slow down our thoughts so that we can learn to recognize and choose which thoughts feel good and which don’t. We gain more control over our bodies and our minds.
When I first started doing yoga, I was not strong. Downward facing dog was hard for me to hold, and my arms used to shake like crazy in side plank. Now I can easily support my body weight. I’m strong, I’m flexible, and sometimes I feel like I’m flying through the poses.
I choose to teach because I know what yoga has done for me and what it continues to do for me. Yoga transformed my body, and then it transformed my mind. It changed my perspective. It strengthened my belief in myself and my ability to create the life that I want. I’m calmer and happier, and I’m not so scared anymore. When you feel stronger physically, it can help you feel more confident and stronger mentally.
When you practice yoga regularly, even if it’s just for 10 min or so, you start feeling so much better in your body -which impacts your mood and your relationships with others. When you feel good in your body, you can focus your mind more in the present moment. You’re able to appreciate more of your life because you feel better. Life starts getting more fun because you start practicing spending just a little more time living in the moment. A little more time checking in with yourself, your inner self, your higher self, the you that resides within you that is egoless and full of love. That inner voice or divineness within you— whatever you want to call it or not call it— it’s an energy within each of us that is the same energy that creates the universe that we live in.
Before I found yoga, I wasn’t really happy and I felt disconnected from myself. Now, 13 years later, I love it just as much today as I ever have, even more so. Yoga connected me with me. The real me. The inner me that is pure positive loving energy. Yoga gives you what you need. Yoga made me whole. And I am so happy to have found it.
Affirmations for quieting the ego during yoga:
If you’re practicing yoga and your ego starts beating you up for not being able to do a pose or feeling tired or weak or not good enough, stop yourself and bring your attention to your breath. When you draw your attention to your breath you draw it away from negative thoughts and you’re able to discard and release them. Say to yourself, “I am focusing on my breath. I am here in this moment. Where I am is exactly where I’m supposed to be”. Breathe in. Breathe out.