The final guest post for this summer comes from Scarlett. She asks her self the question - what is yoga to me? Which of course made me ask myself - what is yoga to ME? What is yoga to you? Why do we practice? Leave your views and give Scarlett some love in the comments below. - Jayne xo
I found myself sitting on my mat this morning uninspired to move, feeling heavy and sipping a very strong fresh coffee in the hope that it would give me the energy and enthusiasm to flow through the next hour.
I reached the bottom of my cup still sitting in an easy seat, body still wrapped in stretchy fabric like that would act as a super hero costume which once adorned would give me wings sweeping me into the craziest of yoga postures.
and as a sat battling with myself I asked myself the question. What is yoga to me?
I ask myself this in times where my connection to yoga becomes more of a ‘disconnect’. In those times where life is too full, where I am moving too fast, where my focus is not authentic and true to the essence of why I have come to live with yoga so closely.
Have you ever asked yourself this same question? What is yoga to you?
What it is to me is not what it is to you.
What it is to your teacher is not what it is to you.
What it is on your Instagram feed is not what it is to you.
So what is it to you? What is it FOR you?
Let’s ask ourselves this question for without knowing the answer or at least enquiring into what we gain from practicing yoga and living with it in our lives its effect can never be as great as when our intention is realised.
It’s so easy to become lost in the circus and popularity of ‘yoga’, to become saturated in the endless articles available, the blogs, the yoga products, the acrobatics displayed in little boxes that adorn the screen of our smart phones, the emails offering discount after discount on the latest yoga apparel. Right in the eye of the storm when the speed is way over the speed limit of a healthy life is the place to stop!
Stop and ask, what is yoga to you? Really, in all its simplicity, after we have peeled back the layers of everything we are told it is.
To risk paraphrasing a popular term lets ‘STOP, DROP and……BE STILL’
Still enough to take a moment (or many moments) to enquire.
Ok, ill go first. Yoga for me is ultimately about coming home. Coming home to myself on any given day, in any given state and that happens through my yoga practice. The meeting of the breath and movement in my body, the coming together of intention and action, through stillness and through the creation of space that yoga allows both in the body and the soul. It is within that space that I feel able to rest, to be free, to realise my purpose in life and ultimately to love. Love bigger, love better, love more purely and freely.
So there it is.
Yoga is coming home to LOVE. To the love for ourselves, love for others, love for this earth and love the journey…….every damn moment.
So yogis get on your mats and off your mats and everywhere in-between and LOVE. Bigger and better than you have ever before. For the time is now and it’s all yours.
Scarlett lives in Bristol with her beautiful little girl Indy and is currently training to be a 200 hour yoga teacher. She loves life, adventure, yoga and dance. You can find her daily musings on Instagram.