Why I Practice Yoga

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“I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.”

~ Rumi

I think that there are a lot of misconceptions about what yoga is, how to practice it and why it is physiologically beneficial. I admit that like many people, started practicing yoga because I enjoyed the physical benefit and wanted to be one of those cool, bendy flexible people. But as I have progressed on my journey through yoga, I have realized how much depth there is to the practice that is so rich in history, meaning and beauty. Yoga has become much more of a mental practice than physical practice for me. I am one of those people who tend to have a monkey brain and I constantly thinking, dreaming and have endless ideas and thoughts that can be disruptive to living in the moment.

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We have a tend to tell stories about our life and narrate events when in reality it is just a story. Doesn’t make it true or false. We all have the ability to create and narrate our own story. 

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Yoga for me is a meditation for the mind. It allows me to take an hour or two out of my day and focus on my breathing, following breath to movement and be practice with a community that is committed to taking care of themselves and in turn, those around them. I have never left a yoga class wishing I hadn’t gone or feeling like I didn’t benefit in some way. I have had profound moments in my practice where I have a realization about my own life and the world. It is these moments of clarity that I think are so special in life and something that yoga has increased my ability to have and process. Like everyone, I have gone through my share of challenging times in life and yoga has helped make me mentally strong and able to face the often unplanned events that life throws at us. I think that there is nothing wrong with yoga as a physical practice, however I am so grateful that it has become so much more for me.

Yoga on.

-Kaila

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