Sooo some exciting news. It is International Yoga Day! This is a special day celebrated on the 21st June 2020. It is the longest day in the Northern hemisphere and down under, the shortest day in the year. I love the day because of the focus on peace and harmony.
In a world unstuck, yoga offers some peace of mind to counter the chaos. It certainly helps me.
Read about International Yoga Day here!
To celebrate this day, I am keen to share and break some yoga myths in the process!
Who is yoga for anyway? Yoga is for anyone and everyone who would like to practice. Yoga is not a religion and is a place to land on the mat and offer meditation and movement for people irrespective of age, income, religion or gender.
When I first started, I did think ‘I have never been to India, what right do I have to practice yoga?’. The more I have learned and practiced, the more I have found a home on the mat. A person very unlikely to embrace this practice because I am used to a fast paced advertising life, love vodka, fast food, partying and a woman with little to no willpower! Or at least I used to be in the advertising game gulping down Friday night drinks and as for willpower – I am still working on that one!
Why yoga? Yoga is an embodied practice. Meaning that you combine breath and physical movement and can choose if you move into a dynamic practice or a restorative practice. You are essentially getting out of your brain and into your body with a yogic practice. Yoga can support people with:
– Developing strength
– Developing physical fitness
– Building flexibility
– Supporting athletic endeavours e.g. Gym, triathlons, swimming
– Calming the brain
– Releasing through deep layers of the fascia tissue and muscles which helps with muscle recovery and physical mobility
– Offering depression and anxiety relief (which was the case for me when I started practicing consistently)
– Deepening spiritual connection
– Improving focus
– Becoming a more conscious and kinder human (hopefully!)
I see yoga as sitting in a similar family or healing modality as Tai Chi which offers conscious movement. Yoga has the potential to promote health and healing overtime with a consistent practice. In India and Australia, governments are recognising the potential for yoga to heal and support people and have put funds towards supporting yogic healing, like Trauma Sensitive Yoga.
– Yoga is a religion: I don’t practice or teach yoga as a religion. That is not how I was taught or have experienced yoga. That said, yoga is a spiritual practice stemming from Vedic Science or wisdom. The vedas provide lessons or ancient teachings that have supported people for over 5,000 years. Yoga is vast and unfortunately I am unable to cover it or even begin to cover it in one blog post. Please do click on the link above for more information!
– Yoga is for flexible people: No, the mat does not care about your flexibility level. I have been practicing for years and can’t do the splits or handstands! I am a work in progress.
– Yoga is for fit people: No, that’s not the case.
– You have to be vegetarian to do yoga: No, I am not vegetarian. I have cut down on my meat intake and definitely become more concious with my eating, but I am not a perfect eater.
– You need fancy clothes or equipment for yoga: No, definitely not. A towel or mat and flat surface is perfect for yoga at home 🙂
And they are the myths I can think of now. If you have any questions, please comment or send me a DM! I am here to break yoga myths one at a time!
Lastly, I am wishing you a very Happy International Yoga Day. Wishing you peace, today and always!