Κυριακή, 30 Αυγούστου 2015

Off the Mat!

“Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements. Once you understand the grammar of yoga; you can write your poetry of movements.”   

~Amit Ray

 
It's that time of the year again... holidays are coming to an end, and of course, among the many things I am going to miss about summer is doing yoga at the beach.

Yoga can be practiced whenever and wherever you feel like it. I enjoy performing comfortable and dynamic asanas right next to the waves, feeling the sand underneath, listening to the pacifying sea breeze filling my senses. The vibrant murmur of the ever oscillating water truly sounds like the universe whispering "ohmmmm" in my ear. Sometimes I practice tadasana (Mountain Pose) on the bus while on my way to the University. To people it might look like I am simply standing up but I am actually properly aligning body parts, breathing deeply. It is frankly quite a great way to start the day.

On other occasions I may practice yoga while seated in front of the computer screen, twisting and stretching, because otherwise it would be really hard to concentrate on any kind of assignment.

So, is a sticky mat really necessary? Some practitioners feel that it is so. The true spirit of yoga, however, can be carried with you wherever you go. The traditional yoga mat provides a feeling of safety, a kind of cherished personal space where you can supposedly face yourself, sometimes it even works as motivation to go back to practicing asana. But for those who can appreciate and worship beauty in every possible place, deep down, it remains just another tool.

 This is why I am going to miss doing yoga by the sea. There is no feeling in the world capable of replicating the indescribable joy of getting "lost" in the abundance of nature, predominantly evident in the presence of the ocean. But don't worry about that. Be it on the subway or amidst a crowded place in the city- there is love and beauty everywhere. And the truly magical thing that very few non-practitioners will ever understand is, that wherever those two exist, yoga somehow finds the way.



 

2 σχόλια:

  1. Truly inspiring! Love and Beauty's omnipresence is indeed amazing but although possible, is it safe to practise yoga just everywhere? What does it take for a Yoga trainee to safely decide which pose can be practised where they are?

    ΑπάντησηΔιαγραφή
    Απαντήσεις
    1. Ι never attempt uncomfortable or insanely bent poses when I am outside. I prefer simple, easy to perform poses that help me relax, like mountain pose, or easy dynamic poses like warrior 1 and 2. Shanti! <3

      Διαγραφή