Do you yoga? If you do, I hope you’ve fallen in love with it as much as I have! If you’ve never stepped onto your mat yet, I highly suggest you do! Practicing is one of the greatest things I’ve done for my mind, body and soul!
Last month, I made the life changing decision to join a yoga teacher training! This means that in just 5 short months, I will be fully certified to teach yoga through Yoga Alliance! It’s only been a month into the journey, but I can tell that this is a ride that is only going up. Not only has my practice physically improved, but I’ve begun to develop a deeper understanding into the world of yoga.
Yoga means “to join”. In practicing yoga, you are ultimately harmonizing your mind-body-spirt connections through physical movement and your lifestyle.
In essence, you are forming badass shapes with your body and living your yoga.
But what does it mean to live your yoga?
To live your yoga means understanding the eight limbs of yoga. These limbs act as a guideline for living a meaningful and purposeful life through ethical conduct and self-discipline.
All in all, they help us to acknowledge the spiritual aspects of our nature and deepen our inner health.
I didn’t understand what living my yoga meant until I embarked on this teacher training journey. Thus far, we delved into the importance of the first limb of yoga: yama. Yama breaks off into 5 different branches that are universal practices following the Golden Rule – do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
The five yamas are:
Ahimsa: meaning nonviolence, or compassion
Aparigraha: non covetousness
At the beginning of each session, we are asked to journal and reflect on whichever word our instructor has chosen for the day. During this time, it really helps to open my eyes to the connections I need to make, or ones I am already making that help me live a more compassionate and genuine life. Ahimsa, for example, was one of the easiest ones to apply to my own life since I truly believe in the compassion towards animals and all living beings. Asteya was a difficult one because it forced to to look inward an comprehend that I am, in essence, stealing my own time, joy and adventure when I make poor choices to procrastinate with unnecessary tasks, hold grudges, keep toxic people in mu life, say no for fear of feeling/looking awkward, caring about what others think, making excuses, etc.
Learning about the philosophies of yoga has helped shed light into the importance of spreading love to others and to myself.