Yoga: Rolling out my mat is coming home

I decided to dedicate part of this website to my (Mom’s) yoga journey.

My yoga JOURNEY

Yoga is a big word, for some it is a lifestyle trend, for some a weekly practise against their back pain, for others it is their life. I have tried various yoga styles on my yoga journey since I stepped on a yoga mat for the first time back in 2007 and over the year have found out that some yoga styles suit me better than others.  Ashtanga, Bikram or Vinyasa are the three styles that come to mind that I have never grown to like.  I prefer the more restorative meditative forms of yoga, such as Hatha, Anusara, Aerial and Iyengar yoga and also really enjoy a good Kirtan ( or mantra yoga as it is sometimes known).

My 4 REASONS FOR CHOOSING FOR YOGA

Why I make the conscious choice to make yoga part of my life:

#1 A community

Yoga for me is an instant community. I don’t go to yoga lessons at a local gym’s, where it is one of many classes on the weekly schedule. I always seek out local yoga schools, as I find that most schools have a good community, good vibe and it is easy to get to know people. I find that yogis tend to be empathetic, open, authentic people who are welcoming to newcomers, and that is a perfect combination when moving regularly and travelling frequently (read more about our travel adventures). I love people and their stories, and I have met plenty of yogis with fascinating life journeys, people with a lot of character who are 50 shades of crazy and absolutely awesome.

#2 A global language

I like going to different countries and following lessons at local yoga schools or attending retreats. And the languages spoken around you might change, but in the yoga schools around the world a downward dog is a downward dog. And it is this instinctual feeling of coming home and knowing ‘how this works’ that makes yoga a home away from home.   The same can be said for mantras. My favourite mantra is  Aad Guray Nameh( It is a mantra used for protection, to gain clarity and receive guidance):

Aad Guray Nameh                                               I bow to the Primal Wisdom.
Jugaad Guray Nameh                                      I bow to the Wisdom through the Ages
Sat Guray Nameh                                               I bow to the True Wisdom.
Siri Guru Dayvay Nameh                                I bow to the great, unseen Wisdom

#3 My mental health gauge

You know on days when you don’t feel well in your own skin and you forget to eat, breath and take care of yourself. That is the days that I tend to resist my yoga practise, but it is also the days that I need it the most. Yoga is my way to check in and check out.  On those days when I set my intention for my practise -It is simply to make it through to savasana, as I know I will feel  grateful for showing up.  On those days my head is to full to really switch off and I feel wired and my inner critic is screaming. And its the deep breathing, breathing towards the discomfort in a pose, and quiet time that tends to help me to snap out of that alert state.

#4 A WelCOMING HOME

You might sometimes not feel welcome in peoples homes or lives, but you are always at anytime and anywhere welcome on your mat.  Wherever in the world you roll out your mat you can instantly create a home away from home, a place that welcomes you. I also like that yoga mats are small  and can easily be transported, something that cannot be said about the various mountain bikes of my partner.

Understanding the great influence that holding your breath has on pain, and how to breath through and accept discomfort  in a pose has helped me a great deal during the birth of my little one. I do credit my years on the mat ( and my awesome birth partners – my partner in crime and my doula) for my positive and empowering labor experience.

The YOga interviews

In 2018 we will embark on a family sabbatical and I am planning on visiting yoga schools around the world. A part of my yoga and blogging journey I aim to get local yogis, whether they are yoga teachers or fellow yogis with an inspirational (life) story to answer 10 questions . I envision it to be a sort of low key yoga interview series. The goal is to show the diversity of the global yoga community and take a look at the roads that lead them to become a yogi.

If you want to feature in the yoga interview series, please drop me a line at hello@shadesofcourage.com.

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