What is Yoga??
Updated: Sep 6, 2019
For Yoga only being four letters long, it holds a lot meaning packed into one small word. Yoga can mean many different things and it can mean something different to every single person in the world. Yoga can be something as simple as sitting and watching the sunset while taking deep breaths, practicing mindfulness and being in the moment. Yoga can also be a 60 minute Power class to the latest hit music. Yoga can be a simple child's pose on your mat for 20 minutes because that is all you have in you that day to do. Yoga can be taking a walk outside, while appreciating nature around you. Yoga is...what you make it.
Yoga by definition literally means "union." Well, what the heck does that mean? So, let's keep this simple. In my opinion, yoga is the bringing together of our body, mind, soul, spirit, our SELF, beliefs, loves, intentions, etc in a way which allows for growth, change, and healing. From there we can break down our definition into the various values and morals, or "limbs," of yoga, but that'll be for another day! I am beyond fascinated with the power of yoga and what it can bring to the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga is very healing in so many ways because we bring all of these pieces together and positive rewiring begins to happen! Our cells actually start to change! How cool is that?? Bring on the healing!
How can we do Yoga? A 1000 different ways! Our goal is to find the type of yoga that resonates with you the most. Remember, yoga is what we make it! That can be through movement and flow, meditation, breath work or pranayama...whatever it means to you...whatever means the most to your soul! Yoga can be as simple as you like it or as complicated as you like it. It's my personal belief that there isn't one single type of yoga. It is personalized. It is what your mind, body, soul needs in that moment of time. That might mean a few moments of stillness and taking deep breaths at the end of a long day. It might mean going to a yoga class. It might mean taking 10 minutes to do some stretches in bed when we wake up in the morning. It could also be meditating on the 5 things you are grateful for that day. The list goes on and on!
My job is to show you that yoga can be simple yet very effective, through our breath, movement and mindfulness. Yoga is a powerful tool for keeping the body strong, the mind calm, and your spirit empowered. If we bring all of these pieces into our practice, we might find something truly magical. And that is when the real change begins!
So come practice with me! I'll see you on your mat!