"Yoga is a life long journey back to yourself."
"As your practice progresses, you become increasingly aware of your holistic nature, realizing that you are made of body, breath, mind and more."
Yoga is a life long journey back to yourself. Your true essence is pure, luminous, potent, powerful, transcendent and eternal. Untouched by the life you’ve lived, the choices you’ve made, the things that have happened to you, this divine spark never tarnishes, never fades and never goes away. As identified in verse 1:36 of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the brilliant essence of who you truly are lives, as a light, at the center of your heart and is experienced as unconditional love and joy beyond all sorrow.
Many of us have a hard time accepting, or even imagining, a light at the center of our hearts. Many of us reject the idea that we are anything other than hopelessly flawed, damaged, irreparable beings. Often we resign ourselves to the idea that we are victims of circumstance forced to struggle through life as best we can, clinging to any fleeting happiness that comes our way and avoiding pain like the plague. Yoga has taught me that there is another way.
How does the practice of yoga begin? How we begin depends on what we are attracted to. There are many ways of practicing yoga and pursuing one path will naturally lead to a craving for others. I was initially drawn to the physical practice of yoga, which we call asana, because it gave me a way to channel my excessive energy and erratic thoughts. Through asana I was introduced to the importance of my breath and eventually, as stillness became more accessible, I began exploring meditation. Others are initially drawn to the academic pursuit of yogic studies, or are introduced to yoga for its therapeutic benefits. There is no one right way. However you begin, the way in which you learn remains the same. As your practice progresses, you become increasingly aware of your holistic nature, realizing that you are made of body, breath, mind and more. Who and what you truly are become clear as the false perceptions – who you are not – fade away.
This is the gift of yoga. Through time tested practices and techniques, yoga will bring you back into alignment with yourself: physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. It will lead you to a life of peace, purpose, personal power, love of self and others and joy beyond all sorrow. Are you ready to begin?
*Ideas influenced by T.K.V. Deskichar & Patanjali