Yoga art by Gosia Janik…. pretty inspiring!
Yoga in the west forgets asana, or the physical poses are meant to be practiced so at the end of a practice when in Savasana or any other final pose, one finally reaches a state of meditation or going inward as a practice of self-study to realize we are all connected and life is simply not your job title, your possessions, your race, gender, sexuality, or any other separating and defining matter.
I have learned this slowly over the years, and is why I want to teach yoga. I started practicing yoga as a substitute to figure skating. I found some of the poses to be similar to those in skating, and quite enjoyed the so called ‘workout’. Later, as I grew and explored different styles of yoga and learned to continue to breathe in all my poses, I realized what most of my teachers were trying to explain… that there is more to yoga than just the asana poses. Similar to a dancer who learns their moves to a point where the music is able to take over their body, and they no longer have to think anymore to move, and they just move… it truly is a union of the divine energy or “Prana.”
In my teacher training I am excited to be learning the other factors of yoga. Recently, anatomy and Ayurvedic Medicine have been covered in the last couple of classes.
Learning what muscles, joints, and attachments are being used within certain poses certainly helps to create a better understanding of how to get people, of all different body types, into or out of a pose safely. Preventing injury is a hot topic for yoga instructors!
Also, the study of Ayurveda has enlightened my thinking on what foods are best for different body types, which of course can be classified into certain ayurvedic constitutional doshas: kapha, pitta, or vata. Eating to help balance your body, and give it the most efficient energy is essential to being able to practice yoga to reap its greatest benefits. To my surprise this style of eating is not claiming anybody goes vegan or eat only raw foods. It is based on eating organic whole foods that help to decrease the symptoms which fall under one of the three doshas (kapha, pitta, or vata), in order to bring your body back into a balanced state. This only makes sense since our bodies continuously strive to stay in such a balanced state known in scientific terms as “homeostasis”.
Stay tuned for more insights of my ramblings, and topics of what I have learned in my Yoga Teacher Training! Which by the way I recommend any yogi does, regardless if they want to teach.