Hi guys! Sorry it has been so long since my last post. Damien and I have been so busy travelling (and having an amazing time) and I have been posting about our travels on my other website: Nat’s Travels. Feel free to check it out if you have time. 🙂
Happy Yoga Day! June 21 is Yoga Day around the world, where people take part in Yoga classes and do Yoga poses and celebrate all things Yoga. With that said, here is a picture of me in Hawaii practicing asana on the beach (and yes, I recognise the irony of this photo and what I say am about to say next).
But International Yoga Day is about more than just taking part in Yoga classes and doing Yoga poses. The day marks the celebration of Yoga as one of the greatest philosophies about life and spirituality.
Many people don’t realise that Yoga is much, much more than a system of Yoga poses or exercises. Asana, the physical practise of Yoga, is just one of eight limbs and, to some people, Asana is the least important of the eight. However, for me, asana makes me feel good; strong, fit and healthy and I enjoy doing it. So, for me, it holds equal importance with the yamas, niyamas, pranayama and meditation- part of the 8 limbs of yoga (click here to read more about these 4 limbs which are part of the 8 limbs of yoga).
Essentially, Yoga consists of eight limbs. Through following the eightfold path, an individual can work towards attaining his/her higher self or true self and eventually attaining the state of bliss or Ananda forever.
As I progress on my Yoga journey, I am continually amazed to discover the vast potential of Yoga (take a look at one of my previous blog posts: Life’s Lessons to learn more about what I have discovered during my yoga journey). Yoga for me is a way of being in the world, an attitude, and a source of strength- physically, spiritually and mentally. One of my yoga teachers once said to me that it helps “strengthen the body, calm the mind, feel joy in the moment, and soften the heart.”
Through breathing, moving and meditating, I have learned how to still my mind, relax my body, and change my mood. At the best of times, I can attune myself to the joy and wonder of existence in the present moment. At the worst of times, I can calm, uplift, motivate and inspire myself. This, to me, is far more valuable than any of the goals that an asana-centric practise might offer- Who wants to be able to put their leg behind their ear anyway?
Yoga is something that catches you… and when it does, it can transform your life.
Happy Yoga Day!
P.S. If you are interested in travel, Damien and I have been travelling for a while now, why not check out some posts from our favourite locations: