Yoga: Learning to Love Yourself in a World of Self-Punishment
“The old fitness mentality is over. We are way past tearing ourselves to shreds simply to be more aesthetically pleasing. Power yoga is about working hard sensitively. It’s about feeling good, not just looking good. The tone and shapeliness you attain from this work is a by-product. The focus here is balance and healing.” – Bryan Kest
We see it in practice everyday. Many people are drawn to yoga as a way to refine and perfect their physical form. And who can blame them? We all want to look our best and yoga gets the job done. But there is so much more waiting for you than a beach body here. There is a bevy of possibilities and deep happiness when you start to see your body, not as something to be punished or changed, but as a force to be respected and nurtured. The body needs to work and sweat, to come to it’s edge. But it needs to be worked with the intention of self love. That’s what separates yoga from other physical activity.
You don’t have to have a perfect relationship with yourself or your body to come to yoga. By coming to your mat and learning how to notice your abilities and limits without judgement, you learn to first accept yourself. If you stick with it, you may even learn to like your nuances…how you are stronger than you thought, have more possibility than you imagined. After awhile, you may even learn that you love this person, this light that is you. You were perfect all along and it was just waiting deep inside, under the layers of stories and circumstances. Come to yoga. Take off what life has layered on you- whether it’s physical weight, mental dread, spiritual damper. You are in there – you are loveable, and yoga is a perfect tool to dig deep and find exactly that.