September: How yoga changed my thinking

If you are reading this it is very likely that your interest in the practice of yoga goes beyond acheiving the perfect downward facing dog. When I first started doing yoga it was with the focus on having a physical practice. I had little or no interest in the philosophy or any other benefits yoga has been known to bring.

But as my practice developed and my body changed I started to feel a pull towards the other aspects of yoga. In the beginning I was not sure I was ready to face myself and all the issues I had carried and was still carrying. It meant facing up to the things I had been avoiding for a very long time.

At first the changes were small but once I stopped resisting I started to notice more and more how I was changing. I was not prepared for what my yoga practice would give me. How it would turn my world up-side-down and change the direction in which I was going. Yoga has taught me to look inside, it has brought me balance and it has connected me to myself and the people around me. It has become my every day life both on and off my mat.

Stepping onto my mat I feel it is the one place where I can truly disconnect from the outside world, take time to listen to myself, which is the best antidote against the constant flow of impressions and information we are bombarded with each and every day.

Everything we do in life has a consequence and we can choose to notice them or not. Yoga has thought me to listen to my body instead of being guided by my mind. So rather than fighting and resisting change we can embrace the deeper effects of yoga and by doing so live a happier and healthier life.

Don't be afraid to scratch the surface to get under the thick layer of resistance our modern society has created.

It is now almost two years since I left my job to become a yoga teacher. I feel blessed that I get to share my passion and practice with so many people.

I still have so much to learn, so much to look forward to and I feel that as long I have a mat and an open heart I will get to meet and share my passion with many more people.