Sunday, 3 May 2015

Yoga - who promised enlightenment?

Its a full moon this eve and today whilst reading my top Luna lady, Yasmin Boland @ moonology.com I was shocked to read this statement form her.....

"Lately I've been reading a lot about disappointed yoginis (aka yoga girls) who are shocked to learn that doing their yoga practice, drinking green smoothies and saying "Namaste" a lot didn't bring them the promised enlightenment".

I have to agree with her when she says she is not surprised by this. A yoga practice is something that helps you to be better than you are. Who promised enlightenment?

I have been practicing yoga for over 25 years and am fortunate to have taught  this since my daughter was born on 22 years ago. I spent an initial 8 years in teacher training, learning to be a better teacher and the rest of the time practicing at  being better at being myself through all of life's challenges rather than challenging myself  with a limited diet, a challenging asana practice, and repeating word that have no connection to the people that are around me. I live happily, most of the time and always remind myself that the Buddhists say 80% is perfect.

Practice postures, breathing and meditation, because it's a great thing to do but do notbe attached to this or seek special rewards. Isn't it about realising the difference these practices make us feel, happier, alive, vibrant and most importantly able to help others.

In recent years I have withdrawn from a so called yoga community as I felt little love from those who say namaste rather than hello you look great today or why so sad would you like a coffee and a chat.

Yoga is just a tool towards being better.

So this eve it's a full moon. Take a break today and step out with nature, breath and smile. It's that easy. Give gratitude for our time here, the moon time proves that there is constant change and its up to us to be part of that.

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