Yoga is a practice. I think we can all agree on that, right? Today I want to talk more about the practice part. Mind you, I’m no expert yogi. No, no. Despite all my yoga pictures, I’m really just a casual yogi. However, this doesn’t make me any less of a yogi. Perhaps some may disagree, but my feeling is that anyone can be a yogi no matter how often they practice. The same principle applies to running. Anyone can consider themselves a runner as long as they get out there and do it. It all goes back to your perception of yourself, having confidence, and believing itz true – whatever that may be.
To practice yoga, you don’t have to be at a fancy shmancy studio. You don’t have to follow a particular sequence. Shoot, you don’t even have to know the names of the poses. Make them up, why don’t ya. Like this Stephanie sandwich:
Itz a funny thing actually, not just the actual pose, but the story behind it. A couple of weeks ago we tried this same pose at my parents’ house. Stephanie couldn’t stop laughing long enough for Jacob to balance as my dad lifted him on top. We ended up settling for a makeshift picture of Jacob in the middle and little Audrey on top. (With my dad and Stephanie on both sides to protect the tumble.) Remember that? It was a cute one, but not exactly what we were striving for.
The other day I was at my sister’s house after a particularly rough morning beginning a new cycle. Itz hard not to smile when surrounded by family. Jacob wanted to try new yoga poses and what better way to get out of a funk than by practicing yoga with your adorable four year old nephew? So we took out my phone, loaded Instagram, and began searching for our next challenge. Once again, he stumbled on a picture resembling the one above. While we had tried just a couple of weeks before, Jacob was insistent that we try again, reminding his mommy not to laugh too much so she was able to balance.
Before, we had my mom or dad lift Jacob on top once Stephanie was balanced. This time, Jacob’s idea was to get on his mom’s back, piggyback-style, and see if we could balance. Well, once we were balanced, he stood up all on his own! This just goes to show what perseverance can get you. Take it from a four year old!
Isn’t Jacob just the cutest little yogi ever? Stephanie was about to take the picture when Jacob said, “Wait! I have to put my hands like this!” as he brought them to prayer position in front of his heart. It doesn’t matter your age, it doesn’t matter your ability, it doesn’t matter your intentions, it doesn’t matter your frequency, yoga can be for anyone.
Yoga can heal, yoga can build muscles, yoga can be used as rejuvenation or relaxation. Yoga can be silly and fun… especially if you practice with a four year old!
In spite of everything that’s going on in my life, yoga always brings peace. No matter my mood in the beginning, I always feel more at peace by the end. Whether itz one pose, three poses, or a whole class of poses, yoga has the power to completely and totally change one’s mind, soul, and body – all for the better.
Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana – Two Legged Inverted Staff Pose
Yoga can be done at any time of the day at any place. In the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening. Pre-workout, post-workout, or as your only workout. One pose, two poses, ten poses. In a studio, at the gym, in your backyard, in a living room, or a messy home office. Make your own routine, take a class, imitate a pose from Instagram, or follow some postures from You Tube. Whatever you choose, I encourage you to bring yoga into your life and reap the many benefits that it possesses.
Are you a yogi? What’s your favorite type of yoga? Thoughts on yoga? Do tell!