Wendy shares how yoga has helped her to become more complete and whole – by listening to what her body (really) needs!
I started to practice yoga because between work and raising a family, stress had become a ‘normal’ part of my daily life. I started to look around for a lasting and holistic approach for my health issues which leads me to yoga. I find that yoga comprises of deep stretching, breathing and meditation. Most importantly, it emphasised ‘me’ , my whole self. My body is my temple which as an architect of my body I wanted to ‘build’ a strong self, mind and soul.
Yoga has helped me to open up a new me! I am getting more fit and toned every time I practice yoga. Most importantly, I move with greater ease as yoga increases my muscular strength, flexibility and endurance. Yoga has helped me to deal with stress, ailments and the curveballs life tosses at me.
I am inspired by Mr William J. Broad - “The Science Of Yoga”. In the book, he detailed out the risks and the rewards of yoga. The studies and experiments done on patients, practitioners, doctors themselves practicing yoga on certain asanas, the rewards are far more prominent. For example, the sun salutation, if done rapidly and repeatedly has the elements equivalent to a cardiovascular workout.
The biggest change for me since I started practicing yoga is I have learned to take a more calm and easy approach to life, things and situations happening around me. I ‘listen to my body’ go up to the point of resistance, but never beyond to avoid injury. Taking things and emotions step by step, in my stride, promoting inner calm in me. I’m more aware of myself and surroundings, at times, pausing to listen to birds singing and making my world a beautiful one instead.
Being healthy means to have a better body and mind. I view these two as an important aspect of me as no point being healthy but deep inside, is a empty shell. I’m taught to be always mindful on and off the mat by my teacher, opening up my senses and feelings to my surroundings wholeheartedly. I can experience my whole self together with long deep breathing focusing on my inward to heal my body and mind.