Strangely now when 9 years ago in 2006 a gym buddy came up to me and said yoga classes have started here let’s try it, it’s supposed to be awesome, I was like dude yoga is for old people…. I can’t just stand in class all day for an hour or so aimlessly stretching & staring at a wall doing nothing! I was so hung up on my kick boxing and strength training that I wasn’t excited about yoga at all. I was like get a life, how boring does this sound…. where is the adrenaline, where’s the feel good factor?? NO, NO……
After a few weeks, however, the yoga class started becoming popular with all my gym buddies & for whatever reason, I also happened to try the class. And it was my awakening…. my beginning to a new life…. It felt like an altogether different experience. The feeling was surreal. There was a reason why I was there. It was probably the right time for me to be a part of this…. There’s a reason for everything – coincidences don’t just happen. I started to enjoy the experience…. I started to believe the world was mine!!!! I felt I had been so ignorant earlier……
Today yoga has become such a fad. Almost everyone practices yoga. It’s as ubiquitous as a Dominoes. I see yoga classes have mushroomed everywhere as though the concept has got picked up overnight. I feel fortunate to be an early beginner. Ever since that day I practice yoga daily without fail mixing it with my strength training programmes on alternate days.
Today yoga is so embedded in me that it has become a way of life for me. It’s changed my entire perception to life. I practice the Iyengar School of yoga. It’s authentic, it’s traditional and it’s magical.
The beauty about yoga is that besides making you lean, it also gives you peace of mind and clarity of thought. It is a mirror for looking at ourselves from within. You get more focussed. It’s a complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. You become one with yourself. The light that yoga sheds on life is something special. It is transformative… it does not change the way we see things; it transforms the person who sees it. The breathing practice gives you enhanced benefits and your body starts adapting to the new change. The meditation gives answers to unanswered questions. Your whole attitude and life starts reflecting with focus.
The reason I wanted to share my experience with my friends is that if you still haven’t had the chance to start yoga, do it NOW! Experience the real you. It will be the beginning to your unfinished life. It’s an ancient but perfect science.
Like Iyengar said – “Yoga is a light which once lit will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame ……. It’s your key to life!!