It is not easy to change, and even when we recognize that it would be appropriate to do so, we tend to postpone as much as possible the “beginning of change”.
Every change brings with it its good “dose of discomfort”, as well as satisfaction, and not all the moments of our life are appropriate to question the basis on which we have built our certainties.
However, it is precisely in this infinite journey, of which we often do not know the destination, which lies the secret of our evolution … and the teachings of yoga are an extraordinary companion with whom to undertake it.
A companion able to enlighten us the way, and to instill in us the trust necessary to face it.
In fact, the bond that exists between yoga and change is so strong that many people decide to stay away from it every day, afraid of the idea that starting to do yoga will inevitably lead us to become different people.
So I thought it might be interesting to dedicate some space to trying to understand “how yoga changes us”, in the hope that it will help those who still have “one foot inside and one outside the mat” to understand path that awaits him once he has made the decision to approach yoga practically with conviction.
Before moving on to “how”, however, it is good to understand the “why” yoga has so much to do with change.
According to the theory of yoga, change follows a very precise dynamic; to understand it, it is necessary to take a small step back, and remember the link that exists between the practice of yoga and the energy within us.
Yoga teaches us that there is a “physical” body, coarse, made up of muscles, bones, ligaments, etc., and a subtle “energetic” body, made of vital energy called Prana, and related to the psychic aspects of our being, like mind and thought.
The Prana flows throughout the body through the energy channels called Nadi , which for branching structure and may be associated with the nervous system.
When the Nadis meet they form an energy center, or a Chakra .
The main Chakras are 7, and are located along the spine; each of them has a specific role:
- Safety – (1st Chakra )
- Pleasure, sexuality (2nd Chakra )
- Personal power (3rd Chakra )
- Love (4th Chakra )
- Communication (5th Chakra )
- Imagination (6th Chakra )
- Lighting (7th Chakra )
When we practice yoga we stimulate these energy centers, which act on the mental level, awakening in us emotions and states of awareness linked to the characteristics of the energy center in which they are manifested.
All the techniques that are part of yoga ( asana , mudra , pranayama , etc.) therefore also work on an energetic level, with the aim of restoring balance and harmony in every “sphere of our existence”.
It is as if the practice of yoga went to stimulate hidden keys, and by doing so it also awakened in us the awareness of our emotions, revealing us for what we are … which is then the primary way to give life to change.
(It is for this reason that from time to time it happens to burst into tears after a yoga class; it is an emotional release that means that something inside us has moved.)
Acquiring awareness means being able to better understand the nature of life’s problems, it means becoming more responsible for one’s own gestures and thoughts, it means asking questions, observing our behaviors, and wanting to restore balance where we realize that it is missing.
This inevitably leads us to evolve, and therefore to change … however it is important to remember that at no time does yoga force us to do it, and that is why we should not be afraid to start practicing.
Because yoga limits itself, so to speak, to show us the way, and every change, when it arrives, does so at the right time, as we will have decided to let that change into our life, we will have decided to setting new priorities, we have decided that it is worth waking up a little earlier, we have realized that the time has come to turn a bad habit into a good habit.
Have you just started practising in class and now would you like to start doing yoga at home ? Do you want to start your own practice safely and without hurting yourself?
The truth is that doing yoga at home is of fundamental importance to improve your practice and if you don’t start practicing daily, it will take you much longer to see good results.
Going to class every week is very important to understand how to do the asanas correctly, how to build sequences and know what mistakes to avoid so as not to get hurt, but it is even more important to start the practice at home .
In this article from a tutto Yoga you will find why do it , how to start in the best way, how to turn your practice into a habit and a general sequence to follow and change as you like.
Good reading and good practice at home 😉
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1 Why start doing yoga at home
2 How to start correctly
3 How to make your practice at home a wonderful habit
4 Practicing at home: a general sequence and tips to follow
Why start doing yoga at home
tips for starting yoga at home
When I started doing yoga to tell you the truth, I never thought I’d be done opening the mat every day. Initially you are afraid of getting hurt, of running positions incorrectly, you don’t know what kind of sequence to practice and so you end up not doing it.
In truth they are just excuses that the mind trims us. With time, however, you must overcome these little fears, doubts and insecurities and find ways to start
Here are the main reasons and benefits for which you should do it:
1. To know us better
It’s just the personal practice that lets you feel your body, practice at your own pace, how long you want and relax in the asanas. Initially it is not easy, but being self-taught allows you to develop a profound knowledge of yourself and this is the very basis that will allow you to improve your practice and life in general .
2. To help yourself
For example, I started doing yoga for back pain , but others start with the most diverse problems. Whatever your reason, if you just do yoga in the classroom only occasionally, it will take you much longer to feel better.
The practice of yoga at home is a real help you are giving yourself daily to improve your life and experience the profound benefits of yoga .
3. To see more improvements and in less time
Practicing at home daily allows both the body and the mind to get used to everything you are doing much faster. To the new yoga positions, to the new efforts and to the new difficulties you are facing.
When you practice every day, the effects of each session don’t even have time to disappear and therefore the improvements are incredible.
It is important to start doing yoga at home but also just as important to do it properly , otherwise you risk getting into the habit of doing the wrong practice and continuing to make the same mistakes for too long.