As you may already know from my previous posts I was a huge yoga fan. Not that I’m not anymore, I just don’t find it my passion at this moment in my life. I’m just waiting for the urge to go back on mat. Until I don’t have the urge, I won’t force myself. As yoga is something pure and magical.
So I tried yoga for the first time in my life on 21 of December in 2011. It was a morning session and I loved it from the very first sight. It just felt instantly my thing. I tried many different trainings in that training club and nothing seemed to fit me perfectly. But with yoga it was totally different story. I even tried headstand in my first class. Of course I fell over cause I didn’t had the strength or didn’t know the breathing technique to stay up, but the falldown didn’t scare me. Maybe for few first sessions I wasn’t so eager, but after that I started to practice and practice until I managed to get into a headstand.
On the first day of yoga I didn’t do only one session, I did two! I went back in the evening and did another class. I think that shows how much I loved it from the first day. So from that day I did two classes a day very often. I was a uni student, so in between classes when I could I did yoga, I did yoga at home, I did yoga all the time (even if I wasn’t on the mat). After couple of months being in that training club I went to a real yoga studio. It was like day and night. Even though the teacher was the same, but the vibe and atmosphere was very different. It felt like home.
All I can say is that it was a beautiful time. Surrounded with so many great, inspiring, beautiful and strong people. Day by day I gained confidence and strength in my body and my mind. I felt like I could do anything. Within 5 months I could do a headstand and after that I started practicing elbow stand and handstand. The handstand is the most challenging for me, I still struggle with it.
But with the elbow stand I had a different story. I remember I practiced it all the time. I just wanted to be able to do it and for some reason I just couldn’t keep myself up. I remember when I left uni and made peace with this decision. When I finally let go of the feeling that I needed to please someone else besides me, I could do an elbow stand. Just letting go of fear and accepting my decisions, I finally managed to do something I wanted to do for so long. Be free. That is one thing that yoga taught me. To let go. It’s powerful when you realize how much there is in your life that you’re just holding on. When you let those things, people, memories, experiences go which don’t serve you anymore, you will open a new door. Much more happier and grateful door. Full of new opportunities.
The second thing I learned was patience. Be more patient. You won’t get it all at once. You have to work hard, enjoy the process of falling and learning and you will get there. Eventually. Just don’t give up, be patient with everything and everyone in your life. Success in life, with people, with your inner self won’t happen in one night.
Third thing that I learned over the years is to appreciate life, to appreciate family and friends, your body and your present-self. Life just goes by so quickly. Those five years of yoga went also so fast, that I feel like it was just yesterday. I remember every person in that yoga studio with who I made more than a eye contact. I remember everything that my teachers taught me. I remember every fall and every rise. I appreciate the beauty of learning how to fall and how to rise after the fall. It was very important lesson for me. As one of my teachers said “You can’t be upside down if you are afraid of falling.” So the lesson is to stress less about the future and be grateful for what you have in life right now. We can’t be all superstars at once. Some have easier roads then others, but that doesn’t mean that you are unworthy of the same happiness. You have to try your best and if it didn’t work, then try again.
Forth thing that I learned was that our body is much more powerful than we think it is. Body is much more smarter than the heart or brain. It can tell us many things. We just intend to ignore it often times. You have heard it before that “Listen to your body”. It is so true. Our bodies can tell us when somethings is wrong, when we are sick or injured. When we have to stop. Where is our limit. In yoga you have to use your body in another way than you use it somewhere else. You really have to listen where your limits are. Not everyone’s leg will go behind the neck. So don’t force it, if it’s not meant to be. Or not everyone can do a split. You have to embrace your body and listen when to stop and be grateful for what your body can do.
Fifth and the last thing I learned during my yoga time is to take better care of myself. It means mentally, physically and emotionally. Often times we neglect ourselves and just burn out. It’s a worldwide problem that people mostly do to themselves. We just “don’t have time” to brush our hair, buy new clothes if we need something or even if we don’t, but it would make our day better. Or we forget that hairdressers and manicures exist, for example. Also often time we don’t pay attention to what foods we are eating? How are we taking care of ourselves? People often don’t think about those things until it’s too late. You have only one body for the rest of your life – so take good care of it to live a long happy life.
I have learned of course many more things during this time, but I would write a book if I would have to write everything here. So these are the main things and that I use in my day-to-day life. I’m very grateful for that I’ve had the experience to learn all those things and to keep learning more.