Hiya all wonderful beings, hope you are having a magical day.
I feel like sharing some wisdom on the topic yoga, and what yoga truly is. Yoga and mindfulness are becoming very popular and there are millions of inspiring social media accounts flourishing with beautiful pictures and so called perfect yoga poses and many people are discovering yoga and meditation practise every day.
I also admit that social media gets to me a bit as well, social media holds so much power and its easy to get caught up in this unconscious world that is programming us to believe, buy and change our mindset to what suits them.
Yoga is so much more than the movements that we do on a mat a few times a week, it is an ancient philosophy with 8 steps to reach the state of bliss, contentment and stillness in meditation.
The 8 steps all work together to help you arrive at Samahdi;
oneness with the act of meditation.
Yoga as we know it in the west is the third step called asana. Preparing our bodies and mind with movement before coming into meditation. Then the forth step which is pranayama – practise of the breath, which is also briefly touched on in “western” yoga.
Yoga is not about looking beautiful in a pose or pushing yourself to attend as many classes as you can per week, or building muscles.
Yoga is about balance, love, contentment, acceptance, fun, stillness, peace, mindfulness, honesty & much much more.
I´m a teacher of yoga and also a practiser of authentic yoga, and no I cant perform many of the asanas that we see on social media and that is completely fine, because this journey I´m on is not about accessing the poses that look amazing and that are really hard. My journey is about real yoga. My practise has not reached perfection, I might not even reach “perfection”. But as long as my daily yoga practise is not about becoming fit and looking beautiful, but about balance, love, contentment and joy; I´m satisfied.