What is yoga in my life?

What is yoga in my life?

I had to face myself and the question “what is yoga in my life?”

What is yoga Have you ever heard the question about such a basic concept that you were ashamed to surrender without giving any answer? Exactly. I was surprised.

I stopped speechless with an inspired response, knocking somewhere in the back of my head when I realized that it wasn’t so obvious or simple.

I had to face myself and the question “what is yoga in my life?”

The fact that the longer I practice, the deeper I get to know its essence. However, the true meaning has become surprisingly elusive for me.

Perpetual questions in my head …

How can the wisdom of many generations of yogis devote their lives to perfecting their art?

How to summarize the traditions of millennia of research, experience and practice?

How to condense this knowledge without losing meaning?

How do you put all its aspects into a few brilliant sentences when the teaching process takes years?

In this way, after a heroic race of thoughts, I remain with a big question mark in my head. Fortunately, after a few days of deep reflection, here comes the revelation as my answer … But in turn.

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Ideas about yoga practice increase over time, but they are rarely ordered.

So they are often a cluster of chaotic beliefs and their own interpretations. In my opinion, this is where all the ambiguities, complexities and misconceptions about yoga arise.

Therefore, over time, the original sense loses, like a pond overgrown with eyelashes, in which neither the bottom nor the reflection of the sky can be seen.

I will try to organize my own beliefs by consciously looking at the acquired knowledge through the prism of practice.

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I am referring to quite a lot of baggage of experience that I have accumulated by devoting myself to regular practice. It took a few days to segregate my insights, and the nagging question mark slowly gave way, giving place to quite unexpected conclusions.

My point of view, or a bit of history

Yoga was to me what it is for most beginners: a pleasant form of physical exercise. So a great way to improve your body, gain fitness, flexibility, slim figure, strengthen the body.

Treated very practically, it saves from pain, stretches muscles and tendons, increases strength, efficiency of the systems (digestive, blood, nervous, respiratory), strengthens the spine and brings joy that brings movement.

However, I know that this is just a drop from the wide stream of the benefits of practice.

And it depends only on me how much I will draw from it!

I thought that now that I was on the mat, I would try to work hard to see what else I can achieve, beyond the obvious benefit to the body.

It quickly became clear to me that the circle of yoga’s influence also extends to the emotional and mental sphere, which gives it a completely different quality.

To achieve more benefits, it is not enough just to mechanically repeat the movements after the teacher, you also need to engage the mind.

I managed to do it only after I mastered the correct positioning of the body.

The sequences stopped absorbing all my attention and I could focus on the interior.

When the mind is not wandering or distracting, you can look deeply into yourself, repair and improve.

I think each of you has your beloved and disliked asanas.

I am not an exception to this. When I find the asana difficult for some reason, it indicates my particular imperfection (of character or body). You just have to learn to recognize her.

I noticed that the flaws especially like to appear in demanding positions or in which the mind is easily bored.

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Thanks to them I always know what I should work on. Is it about stability, stretching and strength in my body, or about self-control, humility, patience in the interior.

Motion

I watched my practice very closely throughout the week. I wondered what unites all asanas.

Motion.

It seems quite obvious.

More important, however, is the smoothness of this movement.

Where do you get that confidence? Just look at the lightness with which the masters pass through the positions (yes, yes, it arouses admiration and longing dreams of achieving such a level of fitness).

I believe that the fluidity of movement expresses the beauty of the human body and spirit, their deep knowledge and composure.

To achieve this you need awareness, focus, mindfulness, regularity and patience.

I noticed that all these features can be slowly developed in themselves, which allows you not to fight with positions, but simply to “slide” from one to the other.

But how exactly to achieve such liquidity? What is the tool that will allow you to gradually gain control over your senses?

There must be something that integrates body movements and allows it to flow.

I realized that I use this method with every sequence, and like an echo of a familiar melody, I hear a guideline during each class: “follow your breath”.

In the rhythm of breath

I breathe in … my hands go up, I freeze for a split second, I feel my lungs filled to the brim and I breathe out … I lean to straight legs.

That’s how I start the sequence Surya Namaskara, or Sun Greetings.

My inhalation smoothly exhales, I try to be accompanied by a leisurely, graceful and graceful movement. I calmly listen to my breath and my movements become smooth. I feel the rhythm of inhalation and exhalation, which is like internal music to me.

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Breathing observation is very useful for me.

It enriches, and in some ways facilitates my practice.

How do you know how long to stay in position? Two minutes, maybe five? Thinking about it just distracts you unnecessarily.

Why, because a precise and natural metronome is in each of us. All you have to do is listen to him. He learns to stay for a few breaths in each asana. If it becomes very accelerated, it means that the position is demanding and I still need some patient work on strengthening the body and calming down and prolonging my breathing.

That’s why I never stay in asana for longer than my own internal rhythm allows.

What is yoga and What is yoga for me?

Thanks to yoga, I learned to overcome my weaknesses, but also to accept my own limitations so that I could live in harmony with myself.

I am still learning and determining the limits of my physical and mental abilities.

The conscious movement coupled with the breath teaches me the language of the organism, listening to its subtle signals and deeply hidden needs.

It’s a process that helps you find your inner balance. Thanks to this I am getting better than the “old” version of myself.

This is a great success.

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What is yoga

I talked about harmony, conscious movement in the rhythm of the breath, internal music, fluidity, lightness and focus.

As of today, I think that if I were to sum up in one sentence everything that I was constantly thinking about: actually I have only one association. And here finally my answer appears.

Yoga is like dancing to me.

Awareness dance.

Andrew

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