Yoga is a very personal
practice. What I mean is – it’s not a challenge or a competition. It’s not about
comparisons either. Nor it is about thousands of yoga photos floating on the
internet. Although, the images do represent the hard work and persistence of a practitioner
to move into a pose. I am not very good with words to explain the spiritual
aspect, I can only try to word how I feel about my practice.
start looking at the world with Einstein eyes, but instead you start
understanding yourself better. With every inhale and exhale, you start
appreciating and respecting your body more.
I mostly practice Hatha yoga, often ending with restorative asanas and meditation. After overcoming the initial
awkwardness of each pose, I started noticing the slow transition from an anxious
or uncertain mental state to a more calmer one. Since I practice at home I do
it at my own pace.
recently I have noticed that whenever I am in a tense situation, my body subconsciously
responds with deep steady breathing, and I feel myself going through the same
transition. Of course it doesn’t solve the problem but it gives my mind enough
space to find a solution.
best way to keep your ego in check. Each day is different. Sometimes Wall
Handstands are a piece of cake, other days it’s a struggle. Same goes for
Chakrasana, or Hanumansana. Every time I practice, I start
from scratch. It’s a continuous learning process that trains you to be patient
and determined at the same time. It’s alright if I can’t do an asana, that just
means that my body is not ready … yet. But I will keep trying, if not today,
someday I will ease into that pose.
to my body and know when to push forward and when to stop. Earlier I would push
too hard, hurt my wrists and end up taking few days off. Now I don’t attempt to
perfect the art, but try to soak in all the goodness according to my potential.
relaxing asana is Savasana. I am not sure if it has happened to you
but sometimes after an hour long practice I feel extremely emotional during
Savasana. I am hit by this powerful surge of emotions, sometimes resulting in
waterworks too. In fact there’s even an article on why Savasana makes Yogis emotional
and a purpose. In one way or the other it impacts your body and internal organs,
so don’t feel disheartened if you are not flexible or can’t do a certain asana.
Just practice whatever you can, whenever you can. If you have a history of
previous injuries, it is advisable to consult a physician before starting any routine.
helpful to sequence yoga asanas for Home Practice – Bringing your practice home
Healthy living is a lifestyle choice. The bigger picture is a result of all the
little choices you had made.
came across an artistically edited photo of a fellow instagrammer, almost like
a digital painting. I was impressed by how a simple picture can transform into
something so aesthetically pleasing. Two minutes later I was on my phone
figuring out if ‘Udnie’ is better or ‘Mondrian’. These are two of the many
filters available on the Prisma App, which seems to have taken the social media
world by storm.
asanas. If you are a regular here you
would have already seen them but I really wanted to experiment with the filters
and see how they turn out.