Exploring Yoga has been part of my new year resolutions since 2007. However, I only started practicing in 2018 when I arrived in Singapore. Coming to Asia was the perfect opportunity to achieve my goal!
Looking back, my family says I am not the same person anymore. Indeed, I feel transformed and I remember myself having said: “I just want to sweat and improve my flexibility, that’s all. I am not interested in spirituality.”
But Yoga quickly brought me a spiritual dimension and has become fundamental in my life, not only for my body but also for my mind and my soul.
Yoga has enriched me, particularly with 3 treasures that I take care of:
- Physical well-being
This was the most immediate benefit for me. Yoga allows to have a muscular, fit and strong body in full awareness. Working on the muscles, the bones and the internal organs are beneficial in the short and the long terms.
- Connection with my emotions
I cannot say that I have reached a state of perfect emotional well-being, but I am on my way. I connect with myself rather than trying to force it over and over again and prove my worth. I understand the value of closing the eyes, looking inside myself and building my confidence. I have met amazing people during my practice, people who have inspired me, models of caring and love.
In Sanskrit, Yoga means Union
Union with ourself,
Union with our body and mind,
Union with others
- Spiritual fulfillment
It is not about knowing how to do the more advanced positions but rather about general interpersonal skills such as awareness and care. Beyond asanas, Yoga also includes meditation, chanting and devotion. Yoga is definitely a philosophy that allows us to be a better version of ourselves to better interact with the world.
Like any path, there have been several stages in my practice, the most recent and most rewarding one being the Yoga Teacher Training.
I’m not sure what the next steps will be, but I enjoy the present. I feel good, I feel a lot better.
“Your body exists in the past and
your mind exists in the future.
In Yoga, they come together in the present”