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Yoga can help build self-confidence, self-awareness and help us to take a more proactive approach to life. Yoga can be one of the biggest gifts you can give yourself, but it takes patience and the courage and willingness to make life-altering changes. Yoga can transform your life.
There is a yoga style for everyone and there are no rules that say you have to stick to just one style. Take your time to find what best suits you and your personality. Styles range with technique and focus, but whatever path you choose, keep going and keep an open mind. Even if at first you find yourself practicing simply to become more physically fit or more relaxed (both will happen), over time you may just find yourself going back more and more for the clarity that yoga brings.
It is important to know that there may be elements of confusion, resistance and even intimidation that arise (I have experienced all of them personally), especially during the early stages of your practice, and of course later on too. Don’t let these things stop you. Take these sensations as signs that you are doing the necessary ‘work’ to uncover deeper truths within you.
Despite yoga’s popularity, some people see yoga as only for the trendy, flexible or religious. Well, none are true. Yoga is thousands of years old, it’s for anyone who’s interested and it’s non-competitive. It is, however, what you make it.
Yoga encourages us to take on kindness toward others and ourselves. Creating awareness and appreciating oneself and others goes a very long way in improving the quality of life for everyone and every living thing on our planet. And, yoga because helps us to feel better both physically and mentally, chances are when we feel good in both of these areas, we feel good in our lives and we want others to feel this way as well.
Yoga helps to reduce stress and tension and helps us open to clarity. When we are thinking clearly, we can start to get in contact with our deepest passions and to what we want to achieve in this life. This clarity, even if not understood at first, often instigates us to ask ourselves more profound questions (What am I doing here? What do I want to do?). And, perhaps it even encourages us to formulate a plan, develop a routine (i.e. practice every day) and to stay on track.
The changes that take place could be massive or subtle. Some find themselves changing careers completely while others find themselves improving the situation they are currently in. Everyone has the possibility to work with the potential they have no matter what it is or has been.
How we practice yoga can also tell us a lot about how we feel in other areas of our lives. Our practice is often a true reflection of our own individual struggles. For example, pushing to hard, not enough, having difficulty relaxing, troubles with the breath, doubting, not enough motivation or belief, no discipline, etc.
Yoga can be a tool to help whatever we do in life, to do it better. It is a journey and the more time we spend on it (on the mat), the more will be revealed. Take a chance. Discover yoga, stick to it and discover who you are.