Reflection: Yoga and the light

Some people tend to say, yoga is not my thing. For most people, it takes one negative impression of a “yoga” session for them to arrive at the conclusion that they cannot do yoga.

Yet, most people know yoga as the physical exercises in commercial classes which only flexible people can do. Through the past 4 weeks, I have came to realise that doing poses is just a fraction of yoga that happens to be the most tangible. Apart from the physical poses, there are there ways of life and mindset that a yogi could suscribe to, such as Yama, Niyama; breathing exercises such as Pranayama and more:

1. YAMA
a) Ahimsa (non-violence)
b) Satya (truthfulness)
c) Asteya (non-stealing)
d) Brahmacharya (transformation of the sexual energy)
e) Aparigraha ( non-possession)

2. NIYAMA
a) Saucha (purity of mind)
b) Santosha (contentment)
c) Tapas (Austerities transform impurities)
d) Swadhyaya ( self-study)
e) Ishwara-pranidha ( surrender of the ego)

I signed up for the 200H YTT course to learn about what the simple word yoga actually entails, to detox from the realities of the corporate world and to find some alignment and direction. In short, to look for a solution to what some may term as the quarter life crisis.

Halfway through the course, I also decided to experiment with being a vegetarian for half a month. It is difficult to explain the changes that I have felt in the past month. Generally, I feel the following personal change in me:
– More at ease to embrace myself and not take myself or anyone too seriously
– More conscious about my bad habits/ thoughts and the implications
– Clearer frame of mind in terms of what no longer serves me and what is worth pursuing

I have learnt that we all have a gift in us that we have to find and utilise, and
that nothing in this world is eternal to be taken too seriously. My takeaway would be to change my way of life and every little action, even when no one seems to be watching because our soul is.

The end goal: “Yoga- the union of individual consciousness with supreme consciousness.”

Thank you to my classmates and teachers for sharing your positive energy this special July. Namaste 🙂