“Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.” — Jason Crandell
Have you ever thought to yourself “I don’t even know who I am anymore,” and experience a feeling of being lost in life? Between hectic work schedules, family responsibilities and commitments, and busy home lives it can be easy to fall into a routine of constantly being on-the-go and never really slowing down to put a little focus on you.
This is why I believe self-care is so important. It gives you a chance to take a break, but it can also be the opportunity to really reflect on who you are and what you want in your life. One great way to feel more grounded and connected to your true self is through yoga. You’d be surprised at what you can learn about yourself by adding a little yoga to your life.
I can honestly say that my yoga practice this past year has really helped me truly discover more about who I am and what I can accomplish. I have pushed boundaries both mentally and physically through my yoga practice. It has awakened a part of me that I knew was someplace deep inside, but I was too scared to bring to the surface.
Diving deeper into my yoga practice prompted me to really be honest and compassionate with myself. I’ve been compassionate through the physical poses and honouring what my body is able and ready to do. And I’ve been honest with myself by admitting when I need to slow down and give myself a break, which I usually do through yoga and mindfulness. It has been a process of healing, accepting and letting go. For the first time in my life, I feel I finally know the real me and I can smile when I think about who this woman is.
There are two quotes about yoga I’ve come across recently that I believe describes the true meaning of yoga perfectly. The first one is from Jigar Gor: “Yoga is not about touching your toes. It’s about what you learn on the way down.” The other is a quote in The Bhagavad Gita that says: “Yoga is the journey of the self, to the self, through the self.”
It’s like I’ve said before; yoga is so much more than practicing poses on a mat. It’s a way of life. It is a state of mind. It is about connecting your mind to your soul. When we take the time to make this mindful connection we really tune into our true self. This is what I mean by learning more about yourself through yoga. It really can be a powerful way to connect with the person within.