Yoga For Everyone
Yoga is used more and more by many of us. We all became interested in it for several reasons. Yoga is known to help decrease musculoskeletal pain, release stress, connect with our inner self, regulate hormones, strengthening and release tension, etc. Many people also have the belief that once they will start yoga, they will feel automatically better, but this may not be the case. However, many beginners to yoga did not have this experience after trying a few sessions and thought that yoga was not for them. Their pain increased, they didn’t feel any benefit or they didn’t feel comfortable.
Yoga has such a large range of asanas (postures), pranayamas (breath control), meditation, nidras (relaxation techniques), kriyas (cleansing techniques) but this is not even the foundation of yoga. Yamas and Niyamas, the two moral backbones of yoga, are the beginning staged of yoga practice as you become more aware of your conscious and of your environment.
With that said, yoga is for everyone! We just need to know or be guided by someone that could help us discover what is good for us. Yoga is a practice for everyone where one does not have to focus on another. We are all unique, per our physiology, our mindset, our activities, our posture, our attitude, our sleep schedule, our food habit and our environment. We cannot say that everything in yoga is good for everyone because we all have imbalance and we need to do the right thing to find balance again. And that thing that we will do to find balance will also change with time, because we are also going to change per situations arising in our current life.
Therefore, it is so important to have the proper knowledge about oneself and the different tools that one can use to help oneself. Our friend can tell us about a specific sequence of yoga and a specific herb that helped her and that we should try it too since we have the same kind of symptom(s), but the cause may not be the same. Though the tools may be for her/him, it might not help you and it could even harm you.
It is also why consciousness is one of the first steps in yoga because if we are not aware of our mental, emotional and physical state it may be hard to know what feels good. This is always easier said than done. That is why there is also different techniques to raise consciousness. The more we practice the more we become aware and begin to make better choices for our well-being.
How to really know what is good for you? Knowing oneself is about analyzing our way of life and our reaction to it. We should be aware of the different aspect of our own life. How many hours we need to sleep, to work, to relax, to do exercise, to see our family/friends and to entertain. We also need to be aware of what we eat, what are our beliefs about ourselves are and about our life. What do we truly want and the type of relationship must we have and what the impact could be. You can imagine that this is not an easy job to do and surely not always comfortable. Looking at the truth can be hard but it is the only way to really know what is good for you and to be aware when we are doing something that may be harmful.
Finally, therefore some people have a poor or disappointing experience when they first begin a general yoga class. It is not necessarily because it is a bad teacher and it is not everyone in the class that will have the same experience. We are all different in many ways we have different needs, so when you choose a class remember that it may or may not meet all or some of your needs but it may help at the same time.