Yoga: finding what feels good

The Goal of Yoga (No, it’s not the handstand).

The yoga pose is not the goal. Becoming flexible is not the goal. Standing on your hands is not the goal.

The goal is to create space where you were once stuck. To unveil the layers of protection you’ve built around your heart. To appreciate your body and become aware of the mind and the noise it creates. 

To make peace with who you are.

The goal is to love, well… You.

Come to your yoga mat to feel; not to accomplish.

Shift your focus and your heart will grow.

-Rachel Brathen-

Before I began my yoga practice, my mind was always a mess. I would feel both mentally and physically fatigued almost always, due to my various health issues.

There was so much going on with me mentally that it would cause physical reactions, which really wasn’t healthy. I would have panic attacks where I could barely breathe (hyperventilating), my entire body would shake, I’d sweat.. it was all just really overwhelming.

However, when I started practicing yoga on a regular basis, I found that it brought many benefits.

Yoga is more than perfect posture and perfect poses.

Yoga is stretching, bending, twisting, pulling. Learning about your body and breathing, and the mental and physical connection that happens when you’re embracing that deep stretch.

Practicing yoga is an amazing way to get more in touch with yourself. It brings you peace, calmness and relaxation as well as making you feel stronger, healthier, and happier.

Taking the time out of your day to completely ease your mind and focus on yourself is very important, especially for those suffering with mental illnesses. Everyone is different, so you just need to find what works for you. But the main point is that you’re doing something you love that makes you feel good. Something that relaxes you and allows you to refocus on whatever it is you need to, increasing productivity and happiness.

Yoga does that for me.

Yoga makes me stronger.

“I bend so I do not break.”