Here are some of the ways your mat can reflect back important and life-changing awareness to you.
Some days we start our yoga practice, our body is there but our mind is somewhere. We are thinking what should I make for dinner? Did I say the correct thing during that conversation? One of the big lesson you have from yoga, is to be present. Through the asanas and breathing our mind disconnects from our worries and negative thinking to be focus in our poses.
Our bodies storage memories and traumas that we did not process well in life. Most of the pain we experience in our bodies can be related to some emotions that we haven’t let go and are waiting to be heal. During our yoga practice we can listen to our body speak.
Practicing on the mat gives you deep levels of awareness. You just need to listen to your body, focus on your breath and let your body speak.
During balancing poses our balanced life will be reflected. When your mind is calm and focus everything that comes from the exterior will not affect us. As balanced is our mind, as balanced is our body.
Our breath is like the ocean. When our breath is agitated there is so much turbulence in the water, as well as turbulence in our mind. When our breath is calm like the ocean waves, so our mind is calm. The practice of ocean breathing, or ujjayi breath technique can create peace of mind, body and spirit.
The struggles you confront in your yoga mat are maybe some struggles you have to face in real life. Are you afraid to try headstand? Are you afraid to fall? What is your fear? There are some challenges we need to face whether in life or on our mat that will make us stronger.