Yoga is not about touching my toes…I am not flexible in many ways, but toes I can do! Many tell me they can’t do yoga because they aren’t flexible…but what if you could become flexible? What if, more importantly, you learn other things while you practice? More important things, like; breathing, where your passion lies, how to connect to, respect and love yourself?
To me yoga is about Alignment, Breath & Core (my ABC’s):
Alignment is about alignment with our true self, our purpose and values, then comes the alignment in the body for safety reasons in our practice.
Breath is pretty self-explanatory. If we don’t breath, we aren’t doing much! Breath should lead our lives and practice. It is through the breath that we can let go of our mind, and take an objective view. Our breath can show us our emotions – if we are anxious or at peace…it says so much!
Core, similarly to alignment, is our core purpose and values. Are we being true to ourselves? Secondly, it is about those muscles deep in our pelvis, supporting our body. Without a strong core, our posture and movement of our limbs are weak. With poor posture we slouch, can create physical pain, and are not open to the world. Think about someone who is slouched walking down the street. Do they look approachable and happy? Or perhaps down and not confident. Be proud, engage that core for your emotional and physical sake!
This is what yoga is to me: Connecting with ourselves, so we can connect with and support those around us.