3. Isn’t Yoga just about the physical postures?
Ask anyone, “what is Yoga?” It’s likely they will think about the asana (postures). Of course asana is an important part of Yoga. It brings so many benefits. For some people practising asana is their practice, it’s what they do. For others it becomes a gateway to explore different aspects of Yoga.
When the approach is purely on the physical without developing awareness, you are exercising. Which is missing the whole point of what Yoga is about.
The goal of Yoga is to develop awareness, to harmonise your body and mind. This occurs by moving or transcending from gross too subtle. Using the physical body as a vehicle through the practise of asana. Together with pranayama, we use the breath to influence the flow of energy (Prana) in the body in preparation for meditation, the subtle body.
But let’s not forget all the other branches of Yoga. Some people would consider themselves Bhakti Yogis, others Jnana, or Karma Yogis, the important thing is to find the right Yoga for you.
4. My mind is too busy to meditate.
“I’d like to learn meditation, but my mind is too busy.” When we share with people that we teach meditation, this is the number one response we get.
We all have thoughts.
Some days my mind is really active, other days I can sit and be in such a beautiful place of stillness and don’t want to move!
Through practice you learn to become more familiar with your thoughts and thought patterns. You become aware that your mind is busy.
You do this by developing what is known as “witnessing,” which means observing without attachment, and without getting involved in your thoughts.
The best way to explain this is to imagine that you are standing in the doorway of your living room, and there is a whole conversation going on in the room. You are standing watching everything that is happening in the room without getting involved. As the observer, the witness.
You learn a lot about yourself through meditation. it’s best to start with just 5-10 minutes a day and develop regularity with your practice. If you’d like to give it a go, CLICK ON THIS LINK TO ACCESS A FREE MEDITATION. (it’s in English and Spanish).