“Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.” -- Thich Nhat Hanh
Awareness is one of the hidden gems of yoga. Through hours of stillness and listening we reveal the bad habits in our body (e.g. poor posture, quality/efficiency of movement) and in our mind (e.g. overwhelming and constant flood of thoughts and emotions).
I have seen people in my classes change in various ways. For many, yoga opens the door to other positive lifestyle changes simply through greater awareness. People new to yoga often start off very disconnected from their body. Simple instructions such as “put your left foot on the mat and lift your right foot” may be challenging. In time, the dialogue between mind and body becomes more dynamic. Students begin making observations and connections, figuring things out themselves. Teachers provide a safe space - literal and figurative - and offer dynamic, clear and concise instructions for the integration of body and mind. On some levels, teaching yoga is the easiest thing... We are students first and foremost.
I always continue to learn from my students and evolve and develop as a yoga teacher. Our ego gets the best of us, and yoga can become a contest to see who is the most flexible and the strongest. Gaining flexibility beyond what we need for our daily activities does not make us healthier or happier. In fact, through awareness, we realize what is a healthy stretch for our muscles and how not to take our joints to a point of irritation. That safe range and exploration with love and kindness is the yoga kicking in.
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