The Meaning of Yoga for Kassie
by Kassie Sullivan
YogaMotion: What is Yoga?
(Kassie) Yoga is the venue for intimately discovering yourself physically, emotionally, mindfully and spiritually. Yoga allows you to step away from the fast paced world and focus completely on you for the designated time spent on your mat. Allowing the mind to connect with the body and then ultimately connect to your spirit to discover who you are, who you want to be and what you want to do for yourself and the world around you.
The practice of yoga challenges one to explore your body, mind and spirit to really open your eyes to what one is fully capable of. There are no limits or competition, just being with yourself. With so many temptations today, such as watching TV or checking your email constantly, its easy to be lost in the chaos of being too busy and forget to just enjoy the moment you are in. Yoga encourages one to take your practice of yoga and use it throughout your day. To be present in the moment and savor each moment as you are experiencing it. I have found that through the practice of yoga, if you really listen to your spirit, it will easily guide you through your life.
YogaMotion: The practice of Yoga has two aspects. The first is our formal practice of yoga “on the mat”. The second is the informal practice of moment to moment awareness in our daily living. Both require a careful balance of will and surrender. Both forms of practice face the challenges of busy schedules, distractions, etc. Yet, without the formal practice there is no direct experi- ence and without the direct experience there is no Yoga.
What supports you in deepening your practice and what are the main obsta- cles you face in relation to your practice – both formally and informally?
Cassie: Since having the opportunity to practice yoga everyday I have found that I need my formal practice on the mat to face the challenges of the day. I have found that if I take the time to practice I not only feel more energized physically, but my practice carries into my daily life. If I feel stressed or anxious, I go back to my practice and remind myself to stay grounded, calm or patient, as I set this as my intention during my practice. While on the mat, I have discovered that I will often be able to feel my reactions or emotions to what is going on in my everyday life. I have solved problems and been able to feel more confident in my daily decisions, I have made the time to process these situations while practicing yoga. My spirit has also become more apparent in my life. I can feel when something is “off” or just not serving me, based on how my spirit is guiding me. I feel better about what I am doing and rest easy in knowing that I am doing, saying and being right where I need to be moment by moment.
Written in response to Module One Home Study – October 2013