3 things i wish everyone knew about yoga
Updated: Jul 30, 2022
By Kai Simmonds
Whether you're new to Yoga or have been practicing for a while now, these 3 things are essential to your Yoga journey #yogapractice #yogateacher #yogateachertraining #yogajourney #yogalife #yogaeverydamnday
yoga originates from india
This may be a pretty obvious statement, but this is something that is often forgotten. Let me ask you this- how many of your Yoga teachers are from India?
None? Maybe 1-2? Yoga and several other things in Wellness have been whitewashed from it's true origins, history and culture.
Not respecting Yoga's origin, history is cultural appropriation.
This isn't to say you HAVE to be from India to be a Yoga teacher, I sure am not. But if you are practicing or teaching Yoga please remember to pay your respects to the culture- maybe explain that Namaste is actually commonly used as a greeting in India, and not just a way to end a Yoga Class.
I'm not here to judge or give a history lesson- maybe just a little tap on the shoulder/reminder that there are more important things about Yoga than your matching Alo Yoga set ;)
Let's stay WOKE people!
yoga is not just a physical practice
Firstly, if you're just practicing Yoga as a physical practice- there is nothing wrong with that. It is an amazing movement practice - but oh my goddess
You are missing out on all the good stuff!
In my previous post, I shared how Yoga I used to make fun of Yoga and then became a Yoga Teacher lol! But really- it is more than weird poses and stretching.
Yoga is Mind,Body, and Soul Embodiment Practice. Through Breathwork (pranayama) we calm the mind and allow ourselves to slow down and connect to our bodies and maybe even our soul.
We live in a world full of constant stimulation, and although technology has evolved over the years our brains and biology hasn't. So yes all this stimulation can cause anxiety, stress and burnout ( trust me I know- I struggled with all of it).
In Yoga, we disconnect from the outside world to bring the focus back to ourselves. Somewhere between breath and movement we start to have conversations with our bodies, we tap into an unknown wisdom our bodies hold.
We may even heal and release stuck emotions and energy.
But again this is only happening when you practicing more than just the Physical poses. This is the TRUE GOAL of Yoga.
One place to start is reading a book on Yoga, or looking deeper into the Philosophy.
2) Patangali's 8 limbs of Yoga