Links We Love: The Yoga is Yours Edition

Each week we scour the interwebs to bring you amazing yoga articles, insights and stories that we hope will illuminate the power of yoga, the ways in which it can heal and soothe and the ways in which it can make us laugh, smile and learn much more about ourselves than we ever expected. This week’s links we think you’ll love are all about how yoga is yours. There are few things in life that we truly have control over, so when life throws us a curve-ball, take solace in knowing that in this world full of uncertainty, once you are on that mat, you are in total control of you – your practice is yours and yours alone.

  • How I Learned to Love Yoga: Soon enough, the class became about more than just bending over back and forth, quaking on my legs and trying repeatedly (and generally unsuccessfully) to reach my toes. The poses soon became more comfortable, more reliable. My muscles slowly got stronger, and my movements more deliberate. Yoga actually became something personal, kind of like writing, in which I actually got to learn new things about myself.
  • 108 Steps: “In yoga, we put ourselves into intentionally challenging situations, either in the poses or in meditation, and we practice being present in the face of the challenge. Thus, we sharpen the skill we need to show up and be useful in life’s involuntary challenges.”
  • Coveting Your Neighbor’s Practice: “The yoga practice has taught me about acceptance. It’s not about trying to make your body like someone else’s or look like the perfect yoga picture. It’s about meeting yourself where you’re at, loving what is, as is. When we stop judging ourselves and stop trying to make ourselves wrong, a space opens up for something new to come in!”
  • How to Meditate Daily: Actually, some of the best benefits of meditation are hard to define — you begin to understand yourself better, for example, and form a self-awareness level you’ve never had before. Most simply, sitting for just a few minutes of meditation is an oasis of calm and relaxation that we rarely find in our lives these days. And that, in itself, is enough.
  • Yoga Is for Everyone (Even If You’re Not Perfect!):”Yoga also helps you get still, find peace, and remember who you are, why you’re here, and what you want out of life. And if you can bring that stillness, peace, and confidence from your practice into the rest of your life, life is going to change in amazing ways.”