Ask 10 people what yoga is and you will get 10 different answers. It had a rich history before it came to the states. Some say it is old and complicated, a practice that should be taken seriously. Others say it is a form of physical exercise or maybe something to do with religion….. Again it can be complicated. I want to tell you my own description. I started this love affair with yoga about 20 years ago. Funny story, I have a bad habit of not taking library books back. OK, don’t judge, smile. Its part of who I am, I steal library books by accident and have often been found guilty of pulling over on the side of the road to dig up a plant or flower I just have to have. I love me, that’s just me. My first experience was using a library book and trying on each posture like a new pair of jeans. Some felt great, others felt like crap, and I always felt better after. It began as a purely physical practice for me. I was suffering with 2 herniated discs and during this time learned how, with yoga I could live a pain-free life. Over the years I started to understand there where so many components you could combine to help your whole self-feel better. I also learned what it meant to have yoga in your body. It was not just something I copied from a picture in a book, but a relationship with the way my body and mind felt on different days in the same posture or breathing method. Yoga is part of everyday of my life. That does not mean that I get on my mat every day. That to me means, I attune to how I feel every day. How I feel in my body and my mind. I now have the tools to adjust myself to create space and comfort because of my relationship with yoga. Also for the record, to me, yoga is yoga. All the fancy complicated words that name different branches of yoga, show us that it has been around for a very, very long time and different people from all walks of life have found different aspects of yoga to suit them most, then created a routine with that strength to mold their own twist.
My definition of yoga is: Yoga is a word that encompasses many tributaries to get to the same place.That place being...an expert physician for your own mind and body. Tributaries such as, physical placement of your body, meditation to create space between your breaths to listen to what is really going on in and around you. An understanding of how your breath effects your being and how to control the workings of it to your advantage. An example would be, I have pain in my left hip. This pain I have noticed for a few days. I have been busy and working on noticing but ignoring it. We all do that, right? Then I think to myself enough is enough. Time to fix it. I pause and listen. This is my process of using yoga to maintain my joy. With comfort in your body, joy is much easier to allow and maintain. You go to the doctor when you don't feel well. I go to my body when I don't feel well. The doctor will exam you, pulse, lymph nodes, blood pressure, temperature, ect. I do the same for my self by using my knowledge of what is my baseline good feeling in my body and how do I feel now. Then using the tools of yoga that are in my body I breath and notice... breath and notice... breath and notice. This is where it all comes together. Our body is our textbook and no one knows that book as well as the keeper of that book. Yoga helps you learn how to read the book and understand how to maintain and refresh our bodies. The placement of your body (asana) lets you get in touch with the living memories in your tissue that needs to be adjusted or let go of. Our breath (pranayama) brings space into our body to allow the sun to shine.
In2It Health is offering yoga classes via my virtual class room. Please visit the Class Schedule to sign up for groups of classes. I have decided to focus on groups of classes instead of individual classed due to my need to know I have a date with my students. Big Smile.
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My name is Christina Laughton. I live in the country in NC. I have made it a long standing practice study ways to achieve health and peace in life through allowing your true self to be seen. I have fostered many unusual abilities such as seeing, hearing and sensing the usually unseen. Then finding the understanding of how to apply this to your life, to bring a balance to your mind, body and spirit. When in alignment with yourself you will always bring healing to all parts of your life.