Yoga is a process.
That’s why we call it a practice.
We might practice one style for 10 years, 10 styles for 1 year or make it to a class once a year with vows to do it more often. We might sing the praises of this posture or that pose and then one day the body changes or something suddenly clicks and the yoga changes around us. Then, we find ourselves seeking yoga in another way. We try different postures because we’ve grown or we have a new need in our lives to meet. So! We’ll need more “practice.”
Yoga speaks many languages and a different language to every person. It just depends on how or if we are listening. Maybe we are hearing but we aren’t understanding. Or maybe, we suddenly decide to become bi-lingual or today’s the day we’re going to try to speak sign language. As life changes, different facets of our lives also speak through yoga. Harmony has one language, injury another, turmoil yet another and love even another. Every time we experience yoga, it changes; the language, the intonation, the feel, the pitch. It’s a practice that adjusts as we grow and morph into different or better beings. It’s a vast experience and not only that, it’s FUN!
My favorite part of being a yoga teacher is listening to the languages that my yogis speak…. hip replacement, runner, seeker, hope, loss, sadness, contentment, playful, sarcasm, athlete, confusion, tight, frustration and my personal favorite…..JOY! And to all who I have the privilege of instructing, I hope I can leave with them, a language of “better.” As in, “I feel better” or “I am better” or “I want to be better.” Why? Because with “better” comes JOY. And when a life has JOY, a life spreads JOY. Slowly, we can’t paint everything around us with joyous words and colors. We will smile at people and people will smile back. And it will make all life “better.”
Life has its ways and I’ve been through many of those ways. There were many days I had no JOY. I had no smile to smile back with. Now I do. Now I know, life can be better. Life has JOY…….It just takes practice.