It’s Monday. I’m putting up my first post in what feels like forever. And its inspired by what’s currently going on in my life right now!
For the past 2 weeks I’ve been in an intensive yoga teacher training. And when I say intensive, I promise I’m not exaggerating… Its 200 hours jam packed into 5 days a week, 10 hours a day, for 3 weeks straight!
Even though its long days though, learning a lot of in depth material physically and mentally, it has been an amazing experience so far. Today I am starting week 3 and I can tell you for certain that I have learned SO much about my physical yoga practice along with the importance of “living your yoga” off the matt as well. Today I picked my top 5 things from my training to share with you guys…..ya ready?!
1. Most of us when we go to a yoga class practice Asana (the physical practice of yoga). What many people don’t realize is that yoga has 8 limbs and physical is only just 1. The first 3 limbs encompass non violence, truthfulness, non stealing, self control, non hoarding, cleanliness, contentment, discipline, self study, and faith, and asana, followed by breath control, deep inner focus, deep concentration, meditation and the 8th limb being enlightenment. The purpose of asana is to move the body to clear the mind to take you into the higher limbs.
2. The first element of the first limb is ahimsa, or non violence. This means non violence to yourself, and to all other living creatures. It is impossible to go any further with your yoga practice unless you can remove all harm of your words, actions, and thoughts. Reaffirming that love is at the base of everything.
3. Physically speaking, each one of us is so anatomically different. So when we look at someone and think their pose looks so “perfect”, and say “why can’t my body look like that?”, in some cases it may just be a matter of stretching deeper over time but in other instances your joint make up might just not allow it! And that’s okay!
4. 7 chakras run up along the central energy column of the body from the base of the spine to the top of the head. For total health, all with be balanced. There is the base chakra, navel chakra, solar plexus chakra, heart chakra, throat chakra, third eye chakra, and crown chakra. For example, if the throat chakra is blocked, one might have trouble expressing their feelings and that person might be prone to more throat sicknesses.
5. Yes it is important that we physically practice yoga on the regular, but yoga can also be so beneficial for special populations like children, pregnancy, elderly people, and people with injuries. We always look to modern day medicine for things like ADHD or arthritis or back pain instead of using our bodies to heal ourselves!
There is so much depth to all these different points and they all could have there own blog post in themselves! Do any of them interest you? Which one would you like to see an individual post on later this week?