I remember my first yoga class and walking away on such a natural high. I hadn’t experienced a feeling like it before. This happened again when I finished by first Bikram class. They feeling of total euphoria and knowing that the weight of the world had been lifted from my shoulders if for only the moment.
That high has not been able to be replicated much in my day to day life but returning to the mat, no matter the mood from the day or what’s going on in my mind, I knew that at the end of a class that this feeling will reveal iteslf at some point. No amount of drugs or alcohol can mimick this kind of “high”. It comes to you in a flood and may last a moment or continue for hours. Yoga teaches students to empty the mind and it becomes just you and the mat. No sneaky thoughts of what you have to do, replaying the day etc those feelings and thoughts simply dissapper. Of course we all have good and bad days where sometimes that little voice that most of us listen to too often rears its ugly head, but you take the good with the bad and continuing with your practice is a great way to teach yourself these lessons.
We run around all day thinking we must get everything done , impress people with tales of our riches wether it be fincial, emotional etc. As human we need to “one up” one another. We pass judgement on others based on the colour of their skin, how much money they have, where they live, who they associate themselves with. We are all guilty of passing judgement on those we deem below us. Yoga teaches you to understand others and listen rather than judge.
You can be having the most amazing day or even the worst and yet the practice of yoga has the ability to teach your mind and body to connect and realaise that the the moment you are truly at one with your self. I guess it’s the combination of stretching, pulling and clearing the mind that does it.
Bringing yoga into your life can only make it better. Have you every heard anyone say that yoga makes you feel worse or can’t change your thought process. I have been able to calm myself in situations where previously I would have had some sort of break down. It makes you appreacite the smallest and largest things that many take for granted. The sun rise, the sound of rain, I find myself walking down the street and smiling because im listening to music and getting lost in the moment or a certain thought. Yoga does the same thing.