“Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are. It is an ancient process designed to help you uncover and discover your true nature so you can live daily life with that new awareness” – Eric Schiffmann
Richard Bach said “We teach best what we most need to learn”. This certainly holds true for me with teaching yoga. There are days when I feel I learn so much more from my students, than they are learning from me.
Yoga teaches us to go within – to truly listen to our body, our mind and that tiny voice inside that never lets us down. So often we get caught up in our day-to-day life, and our attention and focus gets pulled in many different directions.
Through the practice of yoga we learn how to STOP, FEEL, LISTEN and BREATHE. We begin to remember how to bring a child-like perspective, not only to our yoga mat, but also into our lives – curiosity, openness, non-judgemental, acceptance and present time. We re-discover how to cultivate loving-kindness to ourselves and to others.
All of this happens over time. The practice of yoga is very subtle. It has to be experienced. You cannot learn about yoga by simply reading a book. Many of my students come to yoga for a particular reason – maybe they are feeling really stressed or they may have a lower back issue – but they stay for totally different reasons.
Yoga is not something you practice just on your yoga mat. You learn how to bring it into your everyday life. Yoga teaches us how to be mindful in our day-to-day activities, and how to consciously relax the body – to activate the parasympathetic nervous system – for healing and repair.
Through the practice of yoga we learn to come home – home to ourselves.
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