What is a Real Yoga Body?
There is a lot of wonderful conversation happening in the yoga community right now about yoga bodies. What is a yoga body? How do you get a yoga body? What is a real yoga body? Who has a yoga body? Here's my take on these lovely questions:
- 1.Do you have a body? I'm assuming you do since you're reading this article and that therefore it is also real.2.Do some yoga. 3.Tada! You have a yoga body.
I fully understand that many people are drawn to yoga out of desire for some sort of change or benefit for their physical body. Weight loss, improved flexibly, greater strength, to relieve an achy back, recover from injury, etc. And those are all great reasons and benefits of yoga.
The juicy, exciting part of yoga is that does more than take care of the physical body and that is where I'd love to see the conversation move. It's that more part that I love so much and that fascinates, endears me and makes me passionate about the practice. If you just want a healthier physical body there is vast range of activities to choose from to do just that. If you want the more, that's where yoga come in.
Many people in the conversation around body image and body acceptance add in a bit about how yoga is healing, transformational or causes growth.
What does that mean? Healing? Transformational? How?
I think what people are trying to say is that yoga helps you have a better, healthier relationship with yourself. This type of change takes place over time and for most people over the course of years or even a lifetime.
Each time you step on a mat you have the opportunity to meet yourself and understand not only how your body works but also your mind and your spirit. And as you begin to know yourself on a more intimate level you can then begin to heal yourself from negative and/or harmful thoughts and habits.
There are plenty of yogic techniques and bits of wisdom from ancient yogic texts that act as a road map toward this place of internal change that can bring you to a more peaceful, compassionate and loving heart for yourself first and then others. That is what makes Yoga Flirt and the way I teach traditional yoga so special and unique. There is a striving to not only get a great workout that takes care of your body but also an opportunity for you to learn and apply these techniques to your life as woman living in the modern world.
I know the subject of healing, transformation and growth can still feel glossed over or sort of vague. That's because the subject of yoga is both broad and deep and way more than can be covered in a simple blog post. And, each person's experience of yoga is unique. Your own heart and need for healing within yourself will draw you to the information, class style and instructor that is suited towards what you need at this moment in time.
If you've been hesitant to come to Yoga Flirt or yoga in your area because you think you don't have the right body think again. Like I said if you have a body and you do some yoga you have a yoga body. Give yourself the gift of the more that yoga has to offer. Get into a class and get intimate with yourself.
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