Lately I have been struggling with what the practice of yoga really is in our society. For some, it means to tone our body and release muscles in a hot room and for others it may be about finding a deeper connection to their self and embracing the power of our own voice.
As I turn to my truth and connect to my heart, I find it to be a mix of both. Over the past 8 years, my practice has transitioned into the unexplainable. How can I explain to someone who loves the physical practice that I only do the physical when my body craves it? That to me, my practice is to dance, sing, play harmonium, breathe, sit in a pose to learn to just be and to do tonal techniques not for the look of the muscle but to make my body stronger to help me take on the effects of working at a desk or being trapped in a car?
I’m finding as I tune into myself and teach what I practice that there are students out there searching like me and they’re ready for the practice that I bring them. I can only teach from my heart and find the souls who are ready for what I call the practice to awaken the soul. The practice to look deep within ones heart and ask the hard questions to find true freedom and to use holistic techniques to release the stress that has been allowed to build up in the body over the years.
So in the end, isn’t yoga about waking up the sleeping soul? Awakening to release all the stories, anxiety, stress and hopelessness that the world has presented us and to start to see the world in state of love. Every day is a challenge and a battle with ourselves but we should come to whatever part of yoga that speaks to us to find some sort of freedom or release whether it is physical or mental. To go beyond the Instagram postings, the need to show off power poses like handstand and to preach to the masses in a way that only turns the ego on instead of getting our truth out.
This blog will explore all accepts of yoga and answers that fateful question, how do you awaken a soul that has been sleeping so long? I look forward to sharing the truth about bhakti, the meaning of yoga and how we can get through this thing called life by being true to ourselves.
Music Reference: Sleeping Soul (Jive Jago)-Gaura Vani and As Kindred Spirits