Invest in yoga monetarily and physically. What does this even mean?
For the longest yoga has been this high society commodity in neighborhoods where racism and financial fear isn’t even “a thing.” Now, yoga is becoming more mainstream and taking on all neighborhoods by storm. We are witnessing this evolution where celebrity yogis are finally focusing on the “beginners and newcomers.” As we move into this new-normal from quarantine and sites of social & racial inequality can no longer be covered up with a band-aid many are asking themselves is my yoga practice real? Or, what does yoga really mean to me? Heres’ my advice to you:
Yoga is for everybody but is it really for every body?
Yes! When you think of yoga a particular ethnicity and body type comes to mind. A young white woman, long blonde hair, fit and skinny body who speaks Sanskrit and may even have a yoga YouTube or Instagram channel. But, yoga at Rise and Flow is a bit different. The lead teachers are black and brown women and the yoga classes are filled with minorities, majorities, and all religions and body types. So, why do we still associate yoga with a specific look? It’s simple, we have been commercialized with this image. Often times we (minorities) wonder if this holistic wellness practice is even for us. I am here to remind you that yes, it is for everybody and every single body. Here’s why? Yoga is an evolving journey. Yes, yoga is about movement, but it is also about finding mental and physical solace. Yoga has encouraged rules to supplement your practice and generations have always welcomed people from all walks of life even before western mainstream yoga took over. So, when you run into your own fear about yoga. Pause and say to yourself: This is my body, I can practice yoga.
How can I develop a real yoga practice?
In short, yoga looks different for everyone. Your practice is going to be based on your needs and your body so it may not look like your neighbors. So, the constant battle that we all face is to cease comparisons to others and focus on honoring your body’s needs. Develop your own yoga practice by understanding your needs. Are you interested in trying out all genres of yoga? If so, balance your schedule accordingly. Do you have injuries or bodily limitations? Find an instructor that you trust to guide you through modifications that allow you to practice safely in your body. I recommend you dating around studios. Find the yoga studio and instructors that resonate with you best. Release the expectation that you will be flexible or whole overnight. Take your time as you learn about your body and practice yoga. If practicing daily doesn’t serve you, mix it up. I like to run, practice yoga and lift weights. Find what brings you joy. A healthy workout regimen doesn’t have to been painful and you do not have to do anything that you do not want to. Understand that your yoga practice will change daily just as your body changes daily. Accept change and breathe through it all.
What does it mean to invest in yoga?
Invest in your yoga practice monetarily and physically. Once you find a studio and instructor that you enjoy practicing with invest in your practice. Whether that means buying daily passes or a monthly membership, do this to hold yourself accountable. Growth happens when we create healthy habits. Then, remember to invest in your yoga practice physically too. Here is what I mean. When you are on your mat, be present. When you focus on your breath, be present. When you are in savasana, be present there. Investing in your physical yoga journey is all about being present. This will allow growth in your yoga journey.