Yoga & meditation: my experience

YOGA

The word ‘yoga’ translates to ‘union‘.

Sadhguru, a well-known yogi and New York Times Bestselling Author defines yoga as “that which brings you to reality”.

But what does yoga mean to you?

I started doing yoga and meditation frequently, a little over a year ago and it’s been a journey. When I first started off, I wanted to become an expert at it and I yearned to achieve that QUICKLY. I wanted to learn all of the ‘difficult’ poses and become as flexible as I could, as swiftly as I could. But this was the wrong approach and I quickly learnt this.

Yoga is about working with and for your body and listening to it. When it tells you that it can’t stretch any more, it CAN’T. So don’t push yourself too much. It’s all about balance (pun intended) and progress. But lemme tell you. Mastering a pose that you struggled to do a few weeks/months ago is one of the best feelings.

There is no ‘right’ way to do yoga. I can’t stress this enough. Yoga is essentially a means of self-realisation and a union between one’s consciousness and universal consciousness. With that being said, yoga means something different to everyone.

For me, it’s like an escape. This may sound crazy to someone who has never done it before. How could sitting on a mat and stretching be an escape right? It’s really and truly just one of those things that you have to experience to understand.

Simply breathing and stretching without a care in the world. It’s almost like time is frozen. No obligations, no distractions, just you and your mat. It’s such an amazing and freeing time…20-30 minutes dedicated to just me.

And it gets EVEN BETTER when you take your yoga practice outside. The sound of the birds chirping all around you. So unbelievably peaceful.

Meditation

Meditation is simply a part of yoga that induces consciousness and has become such an important aspect of my day. A few minutes of stillness and quiet after my yoga practice makes the world of a difference.

I always try to include meditation in my daily (or almost daily) yoga practice.

How did I ‘learn’ how to do yoga?

I am self-taught. I started following along to Yoga with Adriene’s videos at the beginning and to this day, I still use her videos in my practices. She is one of the best! I’ve never been to a yoga class and although I’d love to attend one someday, the thought of doing yoga amongst so many people TERRIFIES me.

If you’re yet to try yoga and/or meditation, I definitely recommend it. It’s life-changing. And trust me, I’m not overexaggerating.

What has yoga taught me?

Find out in my next yoga-related post (coming soon).

Until next time,

-Mikayla

 

 

 

 

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