Philosophy Circle

The Fruits of Yoga

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There are many reasons why people practice yoga. Most of these reasons come under the heading of ‘personal development’ – perhaps we want to be able to relax, maybe we want to be more flexible, thinner, fitter, whatever it is, we want to change and with yoga positive change is certainly possible, which is a wonderful thing.

As we set our goals, however, it’s worth bearing in mind one key factor. We can only ever be ourselves. We may be able to become a more relaxed, more flexible, thinner, fitter version of ourselves, but we cannot be someone else. Ever. Through yoga practice we gradually come to learn about ourselves, about our nature, our strengths, our weaknesses, where there are gaps in our knowledge and understanding. Some aspects of ourselves we can change, others we must accept as we move into the fullness of our potential.

To put it another way, if you are a peach, be a peach. Be the best most unctuous, most juicy, peachiest peach you can be, but don’t try to be a banana (unless you are a banana).

…and so, at last, it begins

32302887710_b95b91522b_oThey say the hardest part of yoga is rolling out your mat.

Well, the hardest part of getting my yoga website started has been training to be a teacher, working full time, practicing yoga, getting a dog, changing jobs, getting married, having children, practicing yoga, getting them to school, getting the house tidy (well, clean), practicing yoga, and then, finally, after years, sitting down and turning on the computer. Finally I’m here, I’m uploading photos and typing!

OK, so that’s the first blog post, now on to the rest of the site.