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Yoga and self-awareness

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Yoga is a powerful tool for transformation. Chances are your journey will take you to places you never expected. Where you end up is not where you thought you’d be.

One of the many benefits of yoga is the development of self-awareness. The more it is practised the more self-aware you become. Stemming from this self-awareness is the ability to determine what is best for you in the current moment. This ability allows students to determine which modality is best for them day to day.

As yogis, there are many tools at your disposal. The list of styles, schools of thought and practises is long. The best practises are determined by what is presenting. What issues are you experiencing? What do you want from your practice?

Practising in a way that does not suit you can cause injury. If you are recovering from injury, failing to modify postures can worsen your injury.

Where do you start? Practise with self-observation, trust your intuition. Ask yourself, what feels good? Are you pushing yourself to complete practices that don’t feel good? When you come out of a posture and something hurts, do you continue with that practice or do you modify and strengthen before going back to that posture?

Are you practising with mindfulness ensuring each practice leaves you feeling better than before? If you are practising with mindfulness, your intuition will lead you in the right direction.

Yoga is a powerful tool for transformation. Chances are your yoga journey will take you to places you never expected. Where you end up is not where you thought you’d be.

Yoga, at its core, is about self-observation (svadhyaya) and non-violence (ahimsa). By tuning in to yourself and getting correct guidance when needed, you create a practice that is suitable for you on that day; a practice that nurtures you and continues to move you towards wholeness.

Liama has been practising yoga for 17 years and teaching for 8. She is the owner of Inspire Yoga and Wellbeing in Dee Why, NSW.

 

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