Why Yoga?

Because yoga is about finding stillness.

It isn’t, actually, about acrobatics on the mat. And not even downward dogs or vinyasa flows.

But the practice on the mat is good – no excellent! – preparatory work. It facilitates us arriving at the stillness…

The physical work helps us to shift the tensions that we hold onto in our body, and that in turn helps us to create a space where our mind is more settled. Calmer. So that within that quiet space, our own answers can arise. And be clearer, more lucid, more pronounced; more certain.

Being on the mat helps us find connection – to ourselves (by means of the postures and our physical body), to the breath and our essential life force, and to the stillness – the being with ourselves devoid of distractions…

The stillness

The stillness itself is where we’re not carried away with the constant mental chatter (on repeat in our record player minds) and we’re not believing the greater half of what it’s saying anyway!

(Most of that chatter is the work of the ego…holding you at its mercy, keeping your real, loving light from shining brightly.)

The deep stillness allows this chatter to abate, and in its place better answers for us come to the surface – gems of knowing that have the space to arise, and for us to ‘hear them’…

Yoga offers us a multitude of secondary benefits of course – the lower blood pressure, the better sleep, better regulation of pain, a happier digestive system, a greater capacity to control our anxious tendencies, a lifting depression…

And these are all reasons to go to a class, and to move the body. To move the body in order to find stillness.

Getting stronger and being more flexible are relatively incidental. Positive indeed, don’t get me wrong! But they’re not the goal, and they are a means…

 

The secret ingredient

‘Yoga’ – seeking the stillness – is the secret ingredient in our lives which brings about health. But not the fancy pants, posing for insta-yoga. It’s the quiet, available-to-anyone-and-everyone yoga which is available in any moment, and not just on the mat, that is a very private journey to feeling better, to feeling more vibrant and to feeling more flow in our lives.