Let's break a few myths and bring back the truth about this ancient traditional practice right here and now. To identify a few misconceptions, here are some recurrent comments on the subject: “I am not flexible enough to do yoga”, “Wow you practice yoga? So you do handstands and bend like a pretzel?”; “If I am not exhausted at the end of my hot vinyasa class, then I haven't worked hard enough”; “Yogis are mad as a hatter, they need to come back to reality”; “I thought this was a spiritual practice but I tried yoga and it felt like a fitness class, I am confused”; “Yoga is not compatible with my religion”.
Do any of these resonate with you?
We could write a whole book on the Foundations of Yoga but for now, whether you want to give it a try or have been practicing yoga for years, it is important to keep in mind a few key notions:
The most important tool you have access to is your awareness and by simply becoming aware of your thoughts, beliefs, actions and by being in the present moment, you are practicing yoga. A very simple first step into it, yet very efficient.
Fundamentally, I like to describe yoga as a philosophy of life which allows you to find more freedom, mentally, physically, emotionally, and energetically in order to go through life feeling a lot lighter, empowered, stronger and at peace.
In the following pieces of writing, we will be diving into the philosophy of yoga and exploring the 8 limbs path (or Ashtanga in sanskrit) in details, so stay tuned as these articles make their way to the Mag
Written by Johanna Pollet (Yoga Teacher)