It stands to reason that when most people approach an Ibiza yoga practice, they approach the mat just as they would approach life. You can recognise the strong jaw and look of determination of the Type As looking for a hard core practice. And then there are those who approach yoga looking for peace in their bodies and their minds.
There is no right or wrong, and there are teachers out there for everybody and every intention. But it’s important to have integrity in whatever style of practice you are currently following.
It’s worth mentioning that yoga is a practice of liberation and freedom, not bondage. It’s a practice of space and creation of space in the body, in the mind and in the breath. So no matter what your preferred yoga style is – think about the following points before you practice.
* Are you practicing with integrity? Do you leave your mat feeling refreshed and revived? Or do you feel exhausted and fatigued? The tip here – listen to your own body. Move at your own pace and try to act with kindness to yourself rather than being hard on yourself. We call this Ahimsa in yoga – ‘non-violence’. Treat yourself as you would treat others.
* Yoga is a spiritual practice, although spirituality is a word with is very much overused. It’s important you develop your own interpretation of a spiritual practice. After all, yoga is an ancient philospohy and we have adapted it to suit our modern requirements. But paying homage to the ancient ways is essential. The yoga postures were originally developed to prepare the body for meditation – so that hours can be spent in stillness enquiring into the very nature of our own existence. So maybe getting a six pack is not a spiritual practice and it’s worth looking more into the philosophy of yoga – perhaps you will find the spiritual benefits out shine any six pack by far! Many people have discovered life rather than existence though just this – starting yoga as an exercise and then surrendering to its infinite healing potential. Find a teacher who resonates this too. Who you can ‘feel’ is living their yoga both on and off the mat.
* Injuries! The number of yoga related injuries has risen hugely in the last few years as yoga has become more popular. Particularly necks, backs, knees and wrists! If you find yourself in pain during class – then have a word with yourself! Back off and ask what you are really doing this for. Learn to feel in and listen in to your own body. Treat your body with respect and remember, pain is never good!