Yoga Affects you Inside and Outside
Yoga is more than physical – it affects you inside and outside
Many of us come to yoga for its physical benefits – I know I did! I loved the feeling of how yoga moved me. And it is an important part of the yoga experience.
Recently I’ve written several blogs on asana itself – on aspects of physical yoga practice.
Yet there’s that moment when you feel something shift inside you and you realize yoga isn’t just about your body.
When did you notice yoga affects you inside and outside?
The inside shift
Take a little time to imagine how yoga creates more connections in you: more connections to your body, more connections to your mind and also more connections between your mind and your body. It’s that connection to our mind that sets yoga apart.
Tell me how you noticed the way yoga affects you overall – how did it move from being simply about your body to a more whole combination of mind and body.
Yoga helps me channel my emotions
Overall yoga has helped me be more open to change and to be curious about life, and face things with equanimity – but there are constant small differences in the way I feel. The first thing I noticed yoga giving me was that I was able to channel my emotions better. I have big emotions that flare up inside me in an almost physical way and I can find it hard to come round from what should be a small funk. Yoga helps me shrug off those small things as just a minor blip.
I find it particularly hard with food to adjust. Cooking – my meals – food overall – is an important part of my life. Recently a friend and I were deciding what to order. We each chose, and because we thought the brussels sprouts sounded good we decided to share a portion of them.
When the dish arrived, it turned out my friend had had a different brussels sprouts dish in mind! I felt really bad, but she wasn’t fazed at all. We joked about it, because it barely bothered her and I know if it had been the other way around I’d definitely have work to do adjusting to the different dish.
The things we can shrug off easily as opposed to those that are harder vary from person to person. what do you find hard to shrug off?
We all know that change is a constant in our lives – but it is still difficult and unsettling. Yoga helps us navigate change – the small tacks we have to make to our course every day and the big life changes we have.
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