What is Yoga for me?
First of all let’s call this page an “About me” page equivalent.
Secondly, there are multiple sources on the web, where you can simply read what is yoga: where does it come from, what’s the purpose of chakras and what for are asanas. Here I will rather not focus on that.
At the start of my practice I was not focused on all that. At the start I was just looking for some excersises that will help me to do a split. It was more or less 2,5 years ago. I’ve always had fun stretching. I will even risk to say that it was my favourite part of every PE class back in the days (and believe me, I used to hate PE classes in general).
One day I decided to find a yoga studio. I really wanted to start doing yoga. I tried in the past and I loved that. It appeared the yoga studio was way too far to get my lazy butt out of the house. It was winter and Poland is a damn cold country. Please don’t blame me.
The next thing I did was YT research. That’s how some yoga videos came up.
As I said – I had tried yoga before – I attended a few great classes in the city centre of Warsaw, conducted by experienced yogis and yoginas. It was a few years earlier and I went there with my good friend. Unfortunately it turned out he didn’t enjoy yoga, as much as me though.
Before I got to know about Meditation
The final nail in the coffin to our Friday yoga evenings was one time we attended Gong Yoga.
We didn’t fully read the description of the class before arriving. That’s why we were quite surprised when we arrived.
We had to lie down for 1,5 h in the yoga shala full of people snoring and/or breathing VERY heavily. Apart from that we were of course listening to the deeep sounds of gongs.
I can’t really remember well my feelings back then. One thing I remember clearly – we got completely freaked out. We found it very hard not to start laughing our asses of aloud as well.
Callow us then, unfamiliar with any kind of meditation practices… We didn’t appreciate the soothing sounds of gongs at all. We ended up giggling, later totally bored and afterwards also sleepy on a Friday evening. Real drama for a 2nd grade students. We kinda sleepwalked home as far, as I remember. No party people. Not that memorable Friday.
My friend gave up on yoga classes after this weird experience. So did I.
When I didn’t have with whom to go for me it was done. Just like this. The reason for that was that I enjoyed doing things away from home, only in a company of others.
How to achieve a split not leaving the house?
Being a typical homebody and at the same time staying away from home most of the time during the week, each hour added outside of the beloved place in the Old Town of Warsaw, seemed like a punishment. In an opposite to yoga trainings in general.
It’s fascinating when you think about it deeper and realize, how much do we all differ from each other. And there is nothing bad about it of course.
Yoga + Brain: a Killer Combo
Believe me. It was a discovery. I put myself in a 30-days challenge to achieve a split but also stability. Stillness of mind. My mind was always way too busy. I found it hard to focus to prepare to my exams. Even watching movies was a struggle in those days… I just couldn’t focus for longer on anything. All the worrying and overthinking was a part of my everyday reality. What’s even worse, I was most probably also unable to ever fully rest.
One thing was sure – I didn’t want to take medicines anymore. I wanted to manage my mood by myself.
All I got was a yoga matt from Lidl for the amount of 4 euro. I’ve never managed to find such a cheap yoga matt ever again. The price was here the main factor. Don’t ask about the quality of my happy purchase. Looking at it’s price, you just know it.
Back then it was totally enough.
Things to leave behind
Every person has some events in their life that happen to better be forgotten. Sometimes it’s really hard to do so and that’s where yoga and meditation come in charge. They teach us to be patient with ourselves, to accept. The stress released is confirmed by a bunch of research. As a graduate of the Faculty of Psychology, I totally recommend it to everyone.
Carl Jung about Yoga
I can tell you that it’s probably not a coincidence that one of the first western people to practice yoga in Europe was a psychologist – Carl Gustav Jung. The founder of analytical psycholog started enjoying benefits of yoga during interwar period. His testimonial about this kind of practice practice was:
“Yoga is the eloquent expression of the Indian mind and at the same time instrument continually used to produce this peculiar attitude of mind”
Why Yoga Art?
“Yoga as a Treatment for Depression”
The Health Benefits of Yoga and Exercise: A Review of Comparison Studies”
“Yoga for Trauma and Related Mental Health Problems: A Meta-Review With Clinical and Service Recommendations”
“Mental health promotion for young people -the case for yoga in schools”