Sometimes, no matter how much we love yoga or how experienced we are, it can be hard to get ourselves on the mat to practice. This may be so for a number of reasons; being uninspired, feeling stale, not having motivation and feeling lazy, having soreness or an injury, not having the right space, not making the time, etc. The more we feel like this and avoid our mats, the worse these feelings will get. Negativity breeds negativity. But the good news is that there are things you can do to combat such issues.
Aparigraha is the last of the 5 yamas of yogic philosophy, which you can read more about here. It translates to ‘non-greed’ or ‘non-attachment’. In daily life it can be applied by practicing minimalism; in our possessions, relationships, and activities or commitments.
What is minimalism?
Minimalism can mean different things to different people. The way I like to see it is that minimalism is a way of living that cuts down on clutter and things that don’t serve you, leaving room and making time for meaningful activities that make you happy and your life fuller. Basically just cutting out anything or anyone that doesn’t add value to your life.
To many people, yoga appears to simply be a physical practice that helps achieve and maintain fitness, assists in the healing of injuries, or aids in stress management. And it is all that, but there is also a lot more to it. Yoga is a combination of physical, spiritual and mental practices that unite the mind, body and spirit. Sure, yoga can start off being physical, working on your strength and flexibility and learning about the poses and sequences. But if you want to advance deeper into the lifestyle of yoga, you cannot avoid the spiritual and philosophical side, which are both interesting and practical.
Sometimes when people think of being healthy they automatically feel tired, negative about past failed attempts or unsure of where to start. The thought of being healthy can be overwhelming. But it’s important to realise that being healthy is not a destination, it’s a constant journey.
Here we are, in July; onto the second half of the year. This is the perfect time to do some reflecting on how the first half of the year went, and how we are feeling.
Unlike the beginning of the year when we tend to take stock and set resolutions and goals, around this time of year sometimes we have gotten so caught up in everything that’s going on in our lives – work, family, friendships, relationships, education – that we forget to look after ourselves.
We often get enquiries from people wishing to start yoga asking which classes are suitable for beginners or where they should start, and we know that some people are apprehensive about trying classes new when they don’t know what to expect. So we thought we would write a blog post answering these questions and describing the classes a little more so that people who want to try a class that they don’t normally do will feel more comfortable knowing what they’re in for.