The physical manifestation of yoga practice can be scary nowadays. Through the everyday influence of social media, we see images of super flexible bodies, often from the upside down perspective or knotted up like a pretzel in unbelievable postures.
Someone who is considering to start taking a yoga class, may consider it a mission impossible to achieve such challenging limb-twisting poses.
And someone who has been practicing yoga for a while may get confused with beginner and advanced labeling. Yoga per se doesn’t know any levels or labels, this is the creation of our modern competitive culture. If you focus on results, you may miss the journey and connection with your inner being.
Yoga is for EVERY BODY
Whether you are fit or fat, young or old. You need to get rid of preconceived “should be” images in your mind and
embrace the practice with simplicity, patience and compassion. You will experience that through practice all is coming. The joy and relaxation. The strength and stillness in the world which continuously moves.
I love “underrated” yoga postures like Paschimottanasana (Seated forward Bend Pose) which doesn’t look fancy enough for Instagram or is often left out due to popular power sequence flows. This pose in particular allows us to surrender, connect and tune in with our body-mind-soul on a deeper level.
ENERGIZE YOUR DAY
To start your day with an invigorating practice, nothing beats the cycles of Sun Salutations.
All major muscle groups get stretched and strengthened. The energy can flow freely through the body thanks to the alignment between breath and movement.
My favorite quote to inspire simplicity:
I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.
About the Author
Iva Hafner is a Croatian national and a global citizen. Based in Vienna, her exploits have taken her to India, Nepal, Iran and all over Europe. She is the co-founder of Run Croatia (www.runcroatia.com), an organisation which promotes sport, healthy living and a winning spirit. Hafner is an avid practitioner and teacher of Hatha Yoga. She is regularly involved in various sport events world over for humanitarian causes. If you have questions or are interested in taking up Iva’s brand of healthy living which is “balance and moderation in everything”, drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org