Through all of our experiences in yoga, we have found that the practice can mean different things for different people. Some people use it as a workout, others use it to connect their mind, body and breath. Some see it as a spiritual practice and others see it as time to get away from the kids and have ‘me’ time! It is curious to get different perspectives on how people view yoga, and the beautiful thing is that there is no right or wrong answer. For us, yoga is a part of life – it is our workout, our spirituality, our career and our hobby. We are grateful for what yoga has brought to our lives and so we wanted to find out what it has done for other people! We had a chat with some of our staff, teachers, trainees and students about what yoga means for them…
Luciana – Teacher, trainer and staff member
“…To me, yoga means a life long apprenticeship with myself, a commitment to self discovery. Looking back over the years of practicing yoga, I feel that it has helped me evolve and become the person I want to be. Yoga is part of my daily life in every sense. My meditation practice, asana practice, my own attitude towards life and how I deal with what arrises or changes in my life. Yoga has changed my life in many ways. What stands out the most is a sense of ease with life, being able to be more adaptable to change. It has given me a sense of clarity and stability within myself…”
Jade – Recent teacher trainee graduate, student and staff member
“…Yoga has taught me how to be better than I was the day before. It’s not just a physical exercise, it incorporates my body, mind and spirit. Of course, I can’t deny the fact that yoga is also a great physical exercise – its helps to keep me fit…haha! I am doing the best I can to follow a yogic lifestyle now. I have changed my eating habits, I meditate and I read yoga philosophy books. To be honest, my previous diet is far from a healthy yogi diet, but thanks to yoga I am changing my eating habits and am living a healthier life. Yoga gives me all round health. Health is not the absence of disease or infirmity, it is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, yoga leads me to reach that state…”
Rachel – Teacher, student and staff member
“…Before I started doing Hot Yoga, I found it very difficult and painful to run for any distance, despite knowing that I wanted to do it and that I was definitely fit enough. Due to tight calves and hamstrings, I was never able to run for more than 10 minutes without being in awful pain. I was offered an operation to fix this, but I decided to try stretching and yoga first. Luckily I did, because thanks to a regular hot yoga practice, I am able to run as far as I like, pain-free AND operation scar-free! This is my favourite benefit of hot yoga, but it has also helped me with other areas such as fitness, mindfulness, stress-relief, anxiety management, weight-loss and appetite control…”
We have recently had our 2016 Adelaide Teacher Training graduation, which was a beautiful experience with a bunch of trainees (now teachers!) that we are very, very proud of! We worked closely with each trainee over the course of the program, and got to know the reasons behind each of them deciding to become a yoga teacher. This was interesting, because everyone had a different reason or answer as to why yoga was such a big part of their lives. Here are some of the comments we received:
“…I have always seen yoga as a chance for me to focus on myself and not be concerned with anyone else. I could be selfish in my focus and not be worried about how much time, love or care I had to give to others…”
“…Learning the spiritual side to yoga has taught me how to get a deeper connection through my practice; but also carry it through into developing an inner peace outside of it…”
“…I appreciate the slow peaceful connection that yoga brings, together with the strong physicality that each pose reaches. I focus on getting deep into each pose, whilst taking it slower. Building strength and determination through each movement…”
“…To start with, Yoga was simply about exercise. It made be feel great and I felt healthy and fit, but I never really understood why. I now see it as a way of leading a happy, healthy life which can then hopefully bring peace and clarity…”
Yoga means something different for everyone – and that’s a beautiful thing! What does it mean to you?
Mike & Suz 🙂
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For more info about all of our teachers and their views on yoga, head to our PPHY website!