What is yoga?
I promise you we could have a day long conversation about it and in the end yoga might be something slightly different for everyone. Yet I like to always remember that yoga can be traced down to 3300 BC and has therefore a very long and rich history we shouldn’t forget about when we talk about it and practice it.
Yoga means union. The union between the body, mind and soul. And the union of the individual self and the universal consciousness.
So what does that mean these days?
It means taking time to step out of the busy mind, the expectations, the demands of everyday life and our environment so we can relax, unwind and find back our center of strength and balance. A place to let go of distractions, roles, blockages, stress and the constant chatter of the mind. A time to explore and reconnect with our inner world so we can cultivate silence, peace and joy inside of us.
The physical, emotional, mental and spiritual constitution of people is unique and so is their yoga practice. Throw out the idea that yoga has to look the same for everyone, throw out the assumption that yoga is only for flexible or spiritual people and please, please, please don’t think that your yoga practice has to look like the ones you see on instagram, magazine covers and the person next to you. Yes, yoga can look very aesthetic but trust me this is not the idea or goal of yoga. And we shouldn’t forget that yoga isn’t only a physical practice (asanas). It’s a lifelong path consisting of different practices (eight limbs of yoga) for a meaningful and peaceful life.
I want the practice to be a safe – a playground to explore yourself with joy and an open mind. What might have fit you yesterday, might not fit you today. And this is what I love so much about teaching and practicing yoga – the uniqueness of each person and each practice. It’s a constant flow of transformation. My highest goal is to guide you safely through the practice with the right alignment for your unique constitution. My classes will always include meditation, pranayama (breathing), asanas and some yoga philosophy.