FALL & RISE

Practicing balancing poses can sometimes be frustrating and especially in the beginning as it can be difficult to focus and to keep the attention in the pose. But when we take the time to practice them we realize that finding balance is not only about standing on one foot. It's also about finding balance in everything that surounds us in life. When we are able to remain calm, focused and centered we can approach life and deal with situations in a different way, both on and off the mat. 

If practicing balancing poses in yoga frustrates you, don't avoid them. Instead find out why you get frustrated. Practicing yoga is about learning about yourself. Find your centre and find your balance. And remember, if you fall simply rise again! 

Tips for your practice: 

- Start by finding the base, allow your foot to find the ground and to root down. 

- Slowly and consciously move into the pose, take your time and don't rush. 

- Keep your eyes on a steady point. 

- If needed use the support of a block, wall or chair to find stability. 

- Don´t forget to breath in the pose, allowing the energy to flow and if you fall don't let it disturb your mind, adopt a playful mind and try again!

Happy practice! 

 


THE MEANING OF YOGA

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Many people who start practicing yoga think of it as a purely physical practice since this is the most common way we are introduced to yoga in the western world. Normally the physical practice awakens the curiosity of knowing more about the origins and the true meaning of yoga and it's important to know that behind the physical practice of the postures (asanas) there is a deeper story to be told. 

The word yoga can be translated from the Hindu Sanskrit to mean union and by many great yogis it refer to the union of oneself and the feeling of being one with Everything. Even though the yogic techniques that are practiced today might not be very ancient, yoga is said to have been born over a thousand of years ago, in the search of the true meaning of our existence. 

Many studies show that practicing yoga has number of benefits for your general health. Not only healing the current issues, but it also helps you to maintain your health and prevent potential problems. By doing yoga you create a balance between mind, body and soul, which will lead to the state of inner peace and will allow you to experience self-realization - the highest goal in yoga. 

When you start studying the history of yoga it is easy to get overwhelmed by all the different styles, interpretations, instructions and the great amount of learning material available. It is important to be aware of the origins and the true meaning of yoga, however as Patthabi Jois said: Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory. The fact is that the only way to experience yoga is through constant practice and by doing so you will live your own experience.  

Practice yoga and reveal the secret.