An Ode to Yoga
"Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self." -- The Bhagavad Gita
On June 21st, people all around the globe come together to celebrate the International Day of Yoga. The coming together part has to be crossed out this year for obvious reasons but there’s no reason to not celebrate the incredible act of practising yoga.
I found yoga when I was at uni through a friend of mine, who had been going to classes regularly. I was suffering from terrible neck pain due to sitting crouched over homework and staring at either my phone screen or my laptop, giving me a severe case of tech neck. I had considered seeing a physical therapist but thought I’d try to limit my tech time first and more actively pay attention to my posture throughout the day. Then, my friend convinced me to try Vinyasa Yoga with her and I just thought I’d give it a go.
I can’t tell you enough how grateful I am for having joined her. Not only did my neck pain subside over time but I also felt an impact on my overall wellbeing flowing twice a week. Times of stress seemed to impact me less and I found myself staying noticeably calmer in hectic situations that might have caused a small nervous breakdown before. My twice-a-week practice seemed to have started showing real benefits I wasn't even aware of.
I’m excited that there’s a day celebrating yoga and its many benefits. The community aspect around it has changed my social life and the meaning of yoga, which in Sanskrit means “to unite”, began to take on a whole other meaning.
Today, I simply want to say thank you not only to my lovely community and the wonderful people I met in class but also to teachers around the world sharing their practice and helping others connect with themselves in a way that no other form of physical exercise is quite able to. Yoga is a holistic approach to exercise and one that we now might need more than ever.
So, join me in celebrating by signing up for a (virtual) class, whether that's through YouTube or a studio you've always wanted to try. There's never been a better time to get moving mindfully.