To me, a healthy body is synonymous with a healthy mind. Some people find their happy place through running, some find it baking (Val in GBBO anyone?!) and over the years, I have found it in my yoga practice.
Yoga has been a good friend to me. Like many other young females, anxiety can sometimes get the better of me, and yoga is my method of grounding myself. It’s a personal practice, without competition, without pretence, it’s just you, your mat and your body. This is what I love about yoga, You are the master of your mind, You are focussing your energy solely on your pranayama (breath) and drishti (gaze). You are listening to your body and focussing the mind.
Yoga is healing; the yoga master B K S Iyengar says the following:
Health begins with firmness in body, deepens to emotional stability, then leads to intellectual clarity, wisdom, and, finally, the unveiling of the soul.
This rings true after every yoga class. The more I master my mind through yoga practice, the happier and healthier I feel, both physically and emotionally.
Health can be categorized in many ways. There is physical health, which we are all familiar with, but there is also moral health, mental health, intellectual health, and even the health of our consciousness, the health of our conscience, and, ultimately, divine health.
No one says it better than the late, great BKS Iyengar, and I would highly recommend reading his book ‘LIGHT ON LIFE; THE JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS, INNER PEACE AND ULTIMATE FREEDOM’.
He takes the reader on a journey of understanding yoga in this book; travelling through chapters on the physical body, energy body, mental body, intellectual body, divine body and finally demonstrates how these elements come together to obtain ultimate freedom.
The wonderful thing about yoga is that it is a continual journey where you are learning about yourself and your body. Even when you might have the breath and sequences down, there are always ways to improve your shape. I think this is synonymous with life; we continue to learn things about ourselves and our surroundings every day.
Yoga can be a firm friend as we grow through life; choose yoga for a focussed mind, healthy body and for happier wellbeing.
Just add a dog for an even more lovely practice.