Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Yoga isn't about touching your toes

Really, it isn't! This comment gets said to me very often when I discuss yoga with my family, friends and students "I am terrible at yoga. I am so inflexible, I can't even touch my toes!" To which, I hope I can take this opportunity to clarify. The goal of yoga is not at all about touching one's toes. It may seem like that on the outside at first. Images of advanced yogis all twisted up in a pretzel, or staying upside down for long periods of time. Unfortunately these images are not meant to scare the inflexible, unatheletic people like us.

The point of yoga, is to discover the journey your body, your mind, and your spirit takes in order to touch your toes. The discovery. The everything in between. It's observing nature at work. This most sophisticated work of nature: Our own body and mind. By connecting back to ourselves, we automatically gain clarity, balance and calm in our lives. And along the way, we start to tone up, cleanse toxins away with our breath, build strength, flexibility and even start to look (and feel!) hot.

The truth is, yoga is for EVERYONE. For the marathon-runners. For the couch-loving Korean-drama serial watchers. For the ballet dancers. For the stressed-out corporates and For the hectic stay-home moms. For the laksa-lovers. For the vegans. For the spiritual-seekers. For the hard-core atheists. For the 8-year olds, to the 90-year olds. And especially... for those who cannot touch your toes.

Yoga practice is personal. It speaks to us all differently. But hell, it's a tried and tested journey to a more fabulous, amazing, fulfilling life. And who doesn't want that?

So if you live in Singapore. So do I (for now :)) Give me a tinkle. Drop me a line. My heart is open to share the wonderful practice of yoga with anyone who seeks it.

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