Vinyasa…what is it?

Vinyasa Yoga is the fusion of the mind, body and breath. It is a gradual step by step movement from one place to another. It takes time. And most importantly it takes practice.

Vinyasa means breathing system. Without vinyasa, don’t do asana. ~ Pattabhi Jois

Usually, we know where we’ve come from but more often than not we don’t know where we’re going. Vinyasa has the power to shape shift our minds and our bodies. By committing to our individual practice we can create new ways of moving in and seeing the world. This can help us to heal old wounds, let go of the clutter or baggage that can weigh us down and bring clarity to what it is we want from our lives. It’s a continual process.

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. ~ Steve Jobs

I’ve been practicing yoga for ten years. I remember those first classes; my feet sliding off the mat, my arms feeling like they were about to drop off and wondering when it would stop. But something kept me going back for more. Maybe it was the vitality I felt afterwards or the strength I was slowly developing or finding a connection to my body which I’d not known before. When I chose to live abroad it was only when I got on the yoga mat that I felt like I was at home.

Yoga has been the constant alongside my life unfolding, just as breathing is the constant alongside the movement in asana. Only now when I look back on that time does it begin to make sense and all I can do is trust that I am exactly where I need to be in this moment.

When will you begin that long journey into yourself? ~ Rumi

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