Success in yoga comes by learning how to be ‘present’ when you practice. You learn to enjoy and respect your body for where it is at the moment and not where you wish it could, or ‘should’ be. The body and mind are so intricately interrelated; as goes your body, goes your mind. Over time, as your body becomes increasingly balanced, and as you increase your flexibility and strength; your awareness and control increases, both physically and emotionally.
Various poses in yoga are demanding, challenging the student to develop strength and flexibility in parts of the body that have been weak and stiff for a long time. My job as the teacher is to guide my students into the pose, encouraging you to attend to the new sensations and experience, as well as to observe your own reactions to the physical challenge. In this way, the student has many opportunities to know their own self in a deeper way, even to see themselves in a new light.
Your body and mind meet in the concentration of doing a yoga pose; you experience clarity, focusing your attention, muscles, bones, and breath towards experiencing the particular pose. Again and again, as you approach each pose, this capability to meet each sensation with awareness increases. This experience of harmony of body and mind then transfers to your everyday life; you are more alert to the beauty and wonder of life that has always been right before your eyes and in fact, available to all your senses.
This is the magic of Yoga.