When I first started doing yoga circa 2004, it was a pure physical practice. Another workout to complement the cardio, weight training and step aerobics at the gym.
The longer I practiced yoga, the more I started to notice the self awareness it evoked. I started to make the connection between mind and body, experiencing how the physical practice could bring so much peace to my mind and how the breathing and mindfulness practice could bring so much peace to my body.
I also came to realise that yoga is not just about asana (poses). It is much more than that. It is about what we learn from the challenges we experience on the mat, and how we can use that wisdom to inform our life off the mat.
It is about practicing breath control and increasing concentration and training the mind so that we can feel peaceful despite the outer chaos of life.
I don't strive to be the most flexible or strongest yogini who can contort my body into impressive shapes. But I do strive to continually break through my own barriers, both in mind and body, with greatest emphasis on the mind and spirit.
And this journey - the practice and the work, not the end pose - has brought so much peace where it wasn't before. What does yoga bring you?
Michelle Borner, a mom on 23 missions, blogs about her Deep Thoughts on a wide range of topics from parenting to conscious living to lessons from brain cancer.
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