Do you practice yoga?

If you don’t know me personally you need to know that this is my favourite question to ask people I meet for the first time.. I ask because I’m interested in knowing where they stand on yoga, but also because I like to hear their knowledge and opinions about yoga.

I feel that the public’s understanding of yoga is the physical practice of asanas. They think that what they see most often in yoga rooms is yoga.  Sometimes you hear a neophyte say that they don’t like yoga because they are not into meditation. Ok. Got it. Or “I don’t wear tight pants” (I like that one. It’s funny). Or, my favorite of all, “I can’t do yoga, I’m not flexible”! Huh? Maybe you should do yoga 🙂   Yoga teachers, how many times have you heard that one?  😉 Or, and I have heard this one recently; “for me, yoga sounds like a cult, the “new” thing to do”(interesting view). But mainly, I like to ask the question because people seem to be uncomfortable telling a yoga teacher, “I don’t have any idea what yoga is exactly”.

According to the Oxford English dictionary, yoga is “A Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practised for health and relaxation”. 

According to this definition, do you practice yoga? Maybe, maybe not. If I add, that yoga is breathing, linking the breath with movement, without judgement, what do you think? Is that closer to something you understand? In my opinion, yoga can be whatever you want it to be.

For me, yoga is being conscious of the life inside of me: I can breathe, so I’m alive. Isn’t it magical? I BELIEVE it is simply amazing. Stepping on my mat, barefooted (moving my toes, hummmm) opening my heart ♥ and my mind to being simply present, nothing else exists. There’s nothing better for me than that feeling of being centered, big toes together 😉

I practice yoga to FEEL, to be in harmony with my body, to feel the muscles and the strength, to control and to let go, to get deeper into the posture but also to soften.

Yoga is the place I go when I need to get out of my head. My mat is always ready. It never judges me, even when I just want to lay on it in SAVASANA. 😉 My mat doesn’t care if I sweat on it, it doesn’t care I’m not wearing make-up, it doesn’t matter to my mat that my clothes are slouchy. My mat even likes me when I feel ugly. 😉

Sometimes I have, what I call “the yoga teacher syndrome” because I’d like everyone to feel good about moving in their body, and getting out of their head. I would like for everyone to feel their body, their mind and their soul. I would like for everyone to practice yoga.

So step on your mat, and be YOU. That’s what yoga is about.

Love, Live, Light

Marie-Julie xox

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