While yoga has very much gained traction in recent years, both in the west and here, it dates back to historic times. Back then, yoga was not simply accomplishing a complex pose and holding it just long enough to get that perfect picture for Instagram, but a spiritual and meditative journey. Yes, it did consist of asanas even back then, but the focus was on your spiritual, mental, and emotional health.
This popularization of yoga we see now is very removed from that idea. Yoga is often used as just another form of exercise and not a journey. The asanas are seen as stand-alone poses without much thought into the historical aspect behind them.
A common understanding between practitioners is that yoga doesn’t just tone up and make the body flexible, but it also has that effect on the mind. It is said that the more physically flexible a person is, the more likely they are to be flexible mentally. This means having a strong self of self and conviction yet being open to new ideas and thoughts without being judgmental.
This is an extremely important personality trait to have, especially in today’s age where the world is connected more than it has ever been. You can sit here in India and have an intense bond with someone in Los Angeles. This means that we are exposed to different ways of thinking and living than any generation before has ever been. We have the world at our fingertips and the only way to navigate that is through sensitivity and acceptance.
Yoga teaches us all this and so much more. Yoga poses and asanas are never simple ‘do this pose and you’re done’; they are always sequential in nature and there is always a progression you follow. Even when you think you have “mastered” a pose, you have to turn inward and try to find the meditative aspect within it. This can be a challenge even for the teachers and instructors who have been practicing for years.
Now, knowing all of this, it’s safe to say that yoga has multiple benefits. Not only does it keep you moving, but it does so at a pace that is easy to follow and focuses on your mind. A major aspect of yoga, and going to asanas and poses, is your breathing pattern. This is a focal point as concentrating on your breathing pattern does not allow any room for your mind to wander and keep you in the present moment. This is a skill we all need to learn, regardless of age.
So it makes sense to ask an expert on the authentic form of yoga to teach this to you and hold sessions for the same. Gunjan Kamra is a certified yoga instructor as well as a diabetic and stress management trainer from S-VYASA Yoga University in Bangalore. She teaches yoga with a special focus on staying present and self-aware.
She uses yoga as a healing tool, not just for the body, but also for the mind. Calming your thoughts and taking control of them allows you to keep negative and toxic thoughts at bay. This, in turn, protects you from damaging thought patterns which may lead to anxiety and depression. In today’s world, with so many distractions and constant pop-ups on our smartphones, it is important to take some time and focus inward. Stress is a silent killer and the easiest way to gain control over it is to control our reaction to it. This sounds easier than it is, but Gunjan will genuinely help you get there.
Of course, we ask that anyone who joins these sessions comes with an open mind and an open heart. Yoga is about connecting your outward self to your inner self, and together connecting to the universe. However, it is difficult to make any of those connections unless you are present and motivated to remain so.
So book now for a yoga session that takes this art form back to the roots and allows you to spiritually connect with yourself and the world around you.