I have started this yoga journey with a different approach and understanding than the one I have today. And I love each step taken into this wonderful journey.
My first encounter with yoga was through my father. I am not sure if he ever practiced yoga, but he seemed interested in the matter. I remember seeing a book about yoga on his desk when I was
around 7 or 9 years of age, and I asked him ‘What is yoga?’. My father tried to explain what yoga is and started telling me about the book, how it was about someone who had been involved in some sort of an accident and was bedridden as a result. Against all odds, through yoga practice, that person was able to walk again. I remember that at the time, all I understood is that yoga must be something extremely powerful, I was associating yoga with something magical in actual fact. I suppose that even today, in some way, I still find a spark of magic in yoga.
When I first started practicing yoga, the physical asanas were the only thing picking up my interest, as well as how my yoga practice will help me stay fit and, maybe, help me find relief from constant lower back pain. My interest shifted pretty fast from the physical aspect of yoga practice, deeper down into the unseen layer, the spiritual one. Yoga was hard for me when I initially started; during my first class, I realized how stiff and weak I was and how little body awareness I had. Because – you see, I was unfit, immobile and not very flexible and I thought that yoga was not for me. But Yoga is not about those skinny bendy bodies you see in magazines. Yoga is all about people like me and you, for people like me and you, all kinds of people. Yoga is for everybody, not just for some.
Step by step, class after class, evening after evening, though my own yoga practice, I gained strength and flexibility, and even my lower back pain went away and I rediscovered what it’s like to live pain free. But for me, most importantly, is the fact that I have developed a deeper patience than I ever had before and I’m finding that nowadays I’m really just trying to be more understanding with those around me.
Yoga is not something you only practice during a class, or on your mat. It is something you do on a daily basis. Yoga overflows into all aspects of daily living.
Yoga is about how you choose to act and react in difficult situations. It is about human interactions. Relationships. It’s about being kind, maintaining integrity and cultivating a sense of presence.
What yoga means to me
Yoga taught me to BREATHE, to be PRESENT, to ACCEPT but to ENDURE at the same time. For me – yoga is POETRY describing the dance of energy that surrounds us, the energy that takes place in this very second in each and every cell of our bodies. Yoga is MAGIC. Yoga is a one way ticket to the most wonderful journey that one can go on during a lifetime: the journey to getting to know yourself.
Why do I teach yoga
I teach because yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully. At the beginning of each class, the intention that I set before our practice starts is that my students will step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.