Demystifying Yoga in Five Striking Lessons

Like last year???s Zumba classes, our yoga offering for this year???s Women???s Month was initially thought to be a passing fancy,?? an ephemeral fad.?? It surprisingly turned out to have a quiet but strong following when a group of iComm yoga enthusiasts took the initiative for the class to continue after the free sessions. So when the once-a-week session became twice weekly, it is apparent that Yoga found a home in iComm.

The yogis perfecting the warrior 2 pose

The yogis perfecting the warrior 2 pose

As the practice progressed, these among the many (and from the perspective of a beginner), are five striking lessons:

1. Serenity becomes the Teacher.??Yoga teachers are so lightweight and calm they almost behave like mystical beings. There had been one too many but names or signature style aside, they have a shared characteristic – they are light (and nimble and gentle). ??They glide often stealthily into the hallways as if their bare feet never touch the floor. They almost whisper when they utter their mantras or chant their oms. ??They are Zen personified.

2. Everything is measured in breaths, not numbers.??Yogis hold and stay in a particular pose in several breaths.??Ujjayi??breaths, that is, audibly through the nostrils while the lips remain gently closed. ??Thus amid the poses, the session also feels like a breathing symphony, where one can hear the music in her own breath, blended nicely into a one-hour practice.

3. It is all about stretching and engaging.??Going deeper into a pose means extending the limbs to its optimum, while engaging the core or??bandhas??enables lightness and allows one to take flight. ??It usually takes time, but a properly engaged core make difficult postures become easier giving one the grace and agility when switching from one pose to another.

 

Chona floating up in her crow pose

Chona floating up in her crow pose

4. Life lessons abound in every practice.??????True in yoga as in life, yogis are taught to?????leave the ego at the door???,?????embrace pain to gain strength???, and?????just breathe???! ??The benefits of Yoga certainly extend beyond the mat.

5. There is one pose you can melt into ??? the child???s pose.??Akin to a breezy shaded spot in a winding hike trail, the child’s pose is restorative and gives comfort and relief after being tossed into often arduous zones (I am speaking as a beginner here, aware that most difficult poses are a breeze for some). ??Even in Yoga, it is refreshing to know that there is an oasis somewhere where one can retreat and restore, before facing reality again.

And that soothing balm gently massaged on the neck during??savasana? It vents pure bliss enhancing ??etherealness??to the final??Namaste!