“If you are kind to your body, it will respond in an incredible way” – Vanda Scaravelli
If you see any yogis in only one particular moment, you will not see their stories. But if you try to see them beyond that moment, you will see the journey they have made in their years and years of practice. The sweat, the tears, the learning, the frustration, the determination, the patience – every single emotion you can think of brought to the mat and undone, never to return. The discipline, the tapas, of not holding on to what is unnecessary and doesn’t serve us any longer. The patience of taking one single step at a time. In my practice, I found peace of mind in the union of breath and movement. I am discovering myself anew, either in standing and seated poses, arm balances, inversions, and above all in savasana.
In the end, what I am looking for is peace of mind, a space where I am quiet and content with what I have, right here right now, away from my mind’s background noises, away from my own fluctuating emotions. A space where I can discover and feel every single cell in my body, where I experience gratitude for little things, appreciating what my body can do rather than focussing on what it cannot, learning my lessons. Taking time to appreciate little things that otherwise in our fast-paced life would go unnoticed. Expanding the feeling of gratitude and self-love, self-respect and self-appreciation. With all these, I can then grow and share love.
Undoubtedly, the practice of asana (poses) is important, but the longer we practice the more we realise that asana is just a tool, not an end goal. All those fancy poses are nothing but tools. My goal is a peaceful mind, a content heart, and a kind attitude. And to attain them, I chose my tools. So, define your goal and choose your tool. Don’t be distracted by the tools. Once you find them, remember that even 1000-mile journeys always start with a single step, so take courage and make your first step.