Asana: commonly used term of a yoga pose, yoga poses form the physical yoga practice.
Pranayama: Life force energy or conscious direction of the prana, which means breath control and prolongation of the breath. When the breath is voluntarily directed, we can relax the body and mind, which can open blockages, and energy can flow more freely.
Meditation: above all quieting the mind of thoughts, which can be achieved by keeping the focus on the current moment with the help of some action or method. Meditation combines strict concentration into relaxation.
So what on earth I am talking about? Maybe I tell a little bit about my background, and perhaps it helps you understand how deep yoga actually is.
About four years ago, I again stepped into an Ashtanga yoga class. By that time, I had already said my goodbyes to marathons, and I was at a turning point with my "sporty self". This time yoga really hit me hard. Still, the spiritual side of yoga wasn't why I found myself in a yoga class numerous times a week. The first thing that I noticed was how my body wasn't aching anymore, and my body felt really light in a way. It was a kind of significant thing for a person who works on a computer the whole day long. Next, I noticed how relaxed I was because of yoga. The practice could take me so deep into myself, into the union between my breath and movement, that I didn't think anything else. And this was a big thing for me.
How about you? Have you practiced yoga and how it has changed your life? Or has it? ❤️
Yoga is not about self improvement, it's about self acceptance.
- Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa