Questions for Thought
What does yoga mean to you ?
Yoga is a life style and has the potential to create an intensely strong, healthy and flexible mind and body. It is about the liberation of the body and mind and encompasses union, self-realization and balance.
How has yoga changed your life?
When I first started practicing yoga, it was part of my weekly workout routine at the gym. Having suffered a cervical disc injury in a car accident; I found that yoga helped alleviate a lot of the pain and discomfort I felt around my neck and shoulders.
Looking back at the past few years, I was mostly trying to escape myself. I’ve been trying to fit myself into the mold I thought I should be in, whether it was that of society or my family. My family is happy that I’m always there for them, running their errands and just being responsible for everyone. Well, I guess I should try to keep doing that, because that’s what you’re supposed to do when you grow up. The list could go on and on. The practice of yoga and meditation unleashed the boundaries I set within my thoughts, my emotions, and myself. I am more aware of my feelings and thoughts. Thoughts impact all of us in a significant way. What a person feels and the energy they pass be it positive or negative is often transferred to the environment. With yoga, I feel stronger, healthier and more confident. My physical well being as well as my spiritual were never at more ease. It is through yoga that a person is able to able to travel outside the mind and reality to reach a state of self-realization to find a balance both physically and mentally, in order to achieve fulfillment and happiness.
Yoga has made me more aware of what causes my fears and anxieties. The human mind and body are capable of great things, the endurance, the strength, and the flexibility is what pushes me to strive for more.
How do you personally find balance in your daily life?
I pay close attention to alignment in order to do the postures safely with a profound inner awareness. This adds a therapeutic aspect to the yoga where one can learn to heal themselves; helping to correct previous injuries, mend emotional wounds or simply maintain a healthy body and mind.
I find balance by synchronizing the breath with a movelemt, a process producing intense internal heat and a purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. I found balance through yoga by being aware of what I eat and how I interact with the world around me; growing the ability to concentrate fully and live a healthier, more contented life.
What are you doing to manifest your mission ?
To dedicate myself to the traditional teachings of Yoga for healing and growth on all levels.