The start of yoga classes in Singapore is a beautiful and special time. We begin to explore and understand our many layers, so we can discover our unique rhythm and dance to our own beat. Ideally, this time is best experienced with open arms, an open mind, and an open heart, but as adults sometimes we lose sight of the beauty of being a beginner. If we could sit down and have a chat with every new yogi.
This is our chance to embrace being a total novice! The more we practice, the more experience we gain, so our time at the beginner’s stage is finite. We know that if we could do our yoga journey all over again, we would have been a lot more present and relaxed with ourselves at the beginning.
We are all drawn to yoga for our own reasons. When we practice, we are in our body, on our mat, and in our own experience. Glancing up at other people to check if we are in the right pose is different from comparing ourselves to others and judging our expression of a pose. Instead, listen to the teacher, check our alignment, find our breath and then be in our own experience.
If we have pushed ourselves to get into a pose and our breath is restricted, we have lost the yoga. We are better to back off, reconnect with a steady flow of breath, and advance with that level of awareness and connection.
If it was all about how bendy we are, then that would qualify children as advanced yogis! When it comes to yoga, we can promise us the level of contortion is not symbolic of how advanced we are. Yes, it can take years of disciplined practice to master a curly pose, but if the mind is distracted, the breath is ragged or if our ego takes over to get us there, then the yoga is lost. Yoga is about creating an internal union that can happen in any posture, from sitting cross-legged, to Scorpion pose.
Emotional tension is easily stored in the physical body, particularly around the hips and shoulders. When we start to release and open up those areas, it can sometimes feel really unsettling. If we feel shitty, angry, and restless or like bursting into tears after a class, it is okay. Do not suppress those feelings, let them be there, and then let them go so we can create space for light and love.
Back bending poses in yoga can feel strange at first because we spend the majority of our lives rounding forward when we walk, drive, sit at desks, eat and watch TV. Hunching forward also energetically protects the heart space so when we bend back, it can make us feel exposed and vulnerable. We worked through a pretty big resistance to backbends by exploring the poses as a way to open the heart. To find out more about our Yoga Studio in Singapore, Visit Ohm Santih!.