I remember reading somewhere that when people sign up for a course they are looking for transformation. When it comes to yoga, many might have been told yoga practice would be good for them but often it is not what makes them get started. The best pulling factor for starting something new is when people know there is potential for personal transformation.
I know how my life is with and without yoga. With yoga there is openness, ease and a great feeling of wellness. Without yoga I feel restrictions, busyness and a sense of not being connected and grounded. I am really happy I know both “options” as that makes it easy for me to keep up the practice! I have heard yoga and meditation teachers say that sometimes it is a good idea to stop practising yoga/meditation for a few weeks so you get to know the difference for you.
Speaking of transformation and yoga, someone who has been coming to my yoga classes for over a year shared an exciting change that she experienced through practising once a week over a period of one year. She is very fit and active and enjoys sport. When she turned 50 she went for a screening to check her overall health. At 51 she returned for another health check at the same clinic. I remember her excitement as she told me her results. She put it down in writing so I could share it with you:
“I have made quite an interesting reflection. According to my annual Bluecrest Health Check, in only a year, my metabolic age decreased from 40 to 36. The only lifestyle change I had made that year was adding YOGA to my routine. Thank you, Annette Wiik, for introducing me to yoga!”
This is pretty cool isn’t it? A transformation that has been measured and that happened as a direct result of her regular yoga practice. Just by practising for an hour once a week… It shows it is a good idea to not underestimate the value of your practice.
We are all unique and as we practise yoga we will have our own personal experience of transformation. Still, a general thread to any transformation through yoga, whether it is physical, mental or chemical, might be that we experience more lightness of being?
There is a quote by yoga teacher Mark Whitwell that I have used in a previous blogpost and it feels timely to do so again: “Do the work and see what happens”. So notice with a sense of curiosity and kindness what happens with you.
Be well everyone, and enjoy your practice! X