Yoga has helped to upgrade my soul and bring joy into my life, and it can do the same for you.
What is yoga?
Derived from the Sanskrit word “yuji,” meaning yoke or union, Yoga is an ancient practice that connects the mind and body.
Much of what is known as yoga today emphasises physical postures and exercises to increase flexibility, strength and help relaxation. This in itself is amazing, but in fact, yoga has its roots in centuries of rigorous investigation and research in the East to develop an understanding of human consciousness and its potential.
Yoga aims to dissolve the ego and experience oneness with the universal consciousness. It works on balancing all aspects of the person: physical, vital, mental, emotional, and spiritual. When imbalance is experienced, pain and suffering comes. Yoga aims to bring different bodily functions into perfect coordination and can help us to understand and be more aware of our body, mind and soul energy.
Sounds good? There’s more… Yoga creates awareness of the present and in this fast, modern world where stress and disease has become common phenomena, where we’ve created an illusionary world with an excess of desire, and where too many of us miss the real moments, yoga is very much needed and can enable us to live more in the present, and enjoy the real moments!
Behind the name ‘Pranalistic’
What is Prana? Simply put, it is a type of energy in the body that is also known as primary energy or the original life force. To get a better understanding, read this article.
I was brought to the idea of yoga when I was feeling really anxious one day; anxiety that was ultimately brought on by the search for more purpose and love in my life. Serendipitously, I discovered that yoga could help. Today, I couldn’t be more grateful for the long-term benefits of yoga after I started digging deeper and practicing it regularly.
I’ve been practising yoga regularly since 2012, but it was only in 2016 did I start to realise the positive impact it was having on the quality of my life and realising my natural gift as a teacher, it was time to take it to the next level! It was in this year that I travelled to Goa, India to be trained by the best traditional methods to become a qualified RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher). A big thank you to Oceanic yoga™, Teacher Training School, a Registered Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance, and their team of experienced, dedicated, professional, caring and highly motivated trainers who provided an intense but incredible month of learning, growth and transformation.
Read my post on Getting Certified in Goa.
It was in that same year that I taught my first group classes in Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga on my home island, St Helena. Yoga was a new concept on the island and having the opportunity to share it with the island community was something very special for me. Especially with the well-received feedback and enthusiasm by my beautiful yoga participants on the island.
Yoga Asana (body postures) goes beyond any other exercise I do (HIIT, pilates, weight training, hiking etc.) and it has offered me self-insight in a way that nothing else does. Even science is now coming to the understanding that yoga, if used correctly, can be just as good for your mind and soul as it is for your body.
I approach my yoga mat with respect for the body I’m in, respect for the space and the people around me. Similarly to how I approach drinking a glass of wine – with respect for the body I’m in, the vineyards and the winery that provided the wine, and the friends around me that are spending their time to help me enjoy it 😉
After working in 8 countries, I’m happy to share my yoga experiences, tips & inspiration right here. Continue to the blog.
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