This year, last year, and all the years before have provided us experiences of pain, pleasure, and necessary neutrality. Every meaningful experience of our past will likely trigger an emotional state for this present time. However, what we make of these triggers is very much up to us.
If we judge past experiences negatively or positively, then they will quickly feel present once again – and to some degree this is inevitable. The song plays somewhere in the distant and we’re transported back to that meaningful moment with emotions in tow. What do you feel now? (then?)
…and my (early days) definition as a layperson is that yoga is a series of taught/learned movements that promote joint mobility, bone density (ergo strength), muscle tone/strength, digestive and endocrine benefits, improved posture, and crucially… wonderful peace of mind!
When demonstrated by an approved instructor, preferably someone who has great knowledge of anatomy and physiology, yoga is available via group classes or via 1-1 sessions. Students receive benefits almost immediately, both in body and mind.
It was serendipity that visited, a chance meeting where all the circumstances came together for me to feel comfortable experimenting with yoga. Just as meditation brought a paradigm shift in my life – for the better, yoga has too, after just 4 weeks. So why did I leave it so long?
Simple. I behaved like a victim!
I spend my life these days encouraging others to act empowered and here I was thinking, that’s it, my body is deteriorating and that is just the way it is. I had even consoled myself and come to ‘accept’ that this was actually okay, because I had found such ‘peace’ in my mind, life is so much richer now than before and as such… I can accept almost anything. And now?
No, that’s not me!
I am so incredibly grateful to my instructor, Chrissie! After just 4 sessions of 1-1, I am a new man! Really, my joints have loosened, I stand and walk taller (which is helpful when you are diminutive!), my back is far less tight and painful and I genuinely feel better than I have for 30 years! Moreover, this is just the beginning!
One of the key reasons I failed to explore yoga properly was because I chose to believe otherwise of those who had previously said my lack of joint flexibility was no barrier. However, yoga hasn’t only improved my joints and posture, it also raises my heart-rate during sessions, is a great workout for muscle groups (and bones) thanks to the load-bearing aspects, helpful for arthritis and rheumatism, digestive system, and more.
I guess my message is to at least explore, and try to achieve your potential! Especially for those who think, as I did, what you ‘believe’ you wish for… is unachievable to you!
Many yoga teachers out there will provide expert advice and instruction, so I will leave the experts to answer any questions you may have around the various types of yoga and so on. What is clear though, is that you are almost certainly ‘capable’, and the benefits have far outweighed my initial naivety and ignorance.