Wednesday, August 1, 2012

What does your Yoga Practice Mean to You?

When was the last time that you really thought about your yoga practice and what it means to you?
For most of us, the yoga practice is always changing. When I first came to yoga it was to help repair pain in my back. Then as my back got better, I also started to think positive thoughts, eat healthier and be a better person. The person that I am today is far from the one that I was a mere 15 years ago, and I do credit it all to the yoga practice. 
I recently read an article someone wrote about being disillusioned with their yoga practice. Of course, they were talking about the asana practice - the physical practice of postures and breathing techniques that we call hatha yoga. I think that many of us can relate to that. For me the last year and a half I'd taken a little step back from my physical yoga practice due to a needed recovery from surgery and basic burn-out. Since my body needed a rest, I decided to focus my yoga practice on my relationships: my relationship with myself, my family members, and friends. And, take it from me, it is a much harder practice! Now as I head back into my asana practice with the vigor in my mind, I find my body to have changed quite a bit and my asana practice much different than what it was before. But instead of disillusionment, I come back to my practice with compassion and reverence, knowing that I can always start where I am now.
I am sure if you are reading this that the physical practice of yoga has meant something to you either now still or at the very least, at one time. Maybe you've lost touch with it, perhaps you've become disillusioned by the commercialism of yoga in the US, or maybe, like me, what you once thought of as your yoga practice has changed. No matter what it is, the yoga practice is always there for you to help create space and balance for your body, mind and soul.

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