Yoga is more than Asana

141_14200245047_1335_nWhen you go into a yoga class and twist yourself up into different shapes do you ever find yourself wondering what you are doing? As a teacher its so wonderful to see people practicing when they truly are in the moment, with the pose, feeling it in their body and seeing their breath unfold in the body as it creates space and freedom within.

I find that how I practice on my mat reflects how I am in my daily life. When I have the 'I can't be bothered' attitude, I'm usually in a lazy mode. When I am in a dedicated phase in my life I feel strong and powerful in what I am doing. These are usually the phases when I get so much done and have exciting big ideas. I love those phases and because I have seen for myself how much better my life becomes when I do yoga every day.

If you want to change something in your life, a great place to start is on your yoga mat. Scared of something - choose a pose that you have some fear about and practice it every day, make friends with it and notice how you start to feel empowered and able to take on whatever it is that is worrying you.

If you are feeling stuck in a rut why not bring some fluidity into your poses, loosen up that tension in the inner and outer body. Allow yourself to stop gripping and really get some movement into your poses.

If you are feeling stressed then give yourself some time out to relax and do some more restorative poses. Yoga asana doesn't have to be about pushing yourself, it took me a long time to learn that and I can still find myself pushing at times but luckily as I get more sensitive to my reactions I can pull back and go slower.

What does yoga do for you?