Arriving on your mat can mean so many things to a yogi. First, there’s the promise of flexibility and stress-reduction. Then there’s the anticipation of the actual feeling of “yoking” or union. And finally, there’s the exfoliant-like effect it has on our soul, resulting in a feeling of freshness and renewal.
What don’t we expect from our daily practice?
Triggers, deep-tissue memories, sadness, anxiety and all dirty, dusty things that tend to come up from the recesses of the soul when engaged in a deeply spiritual endeavor. And yet, it doesn’t get talked about so much.
Oh yes, we hear about how” Yoga and meditation can change your life! “; but those are just taglines, albeit, entirely true. Although both practices are a wonderful elixir to the challenges of life, the reality is that these mindful practices also creep into the dark and shameful crevices of your soul, shine a flood light on them, so that you can really get uncomfortably intimate with them. Yoga and meditation bring up so many repressed feelings, memories and triggers that when practiced on a committed level, the practitioner is often left feeling emotionally side-swiped. However, this is just when things start to get good. It is only through braving your way through the challenges(asana,pratyahara, yamas, niyamas, etc) of yoga, while simultaneously remaining vulnerable, that we become true yogis.
I became a very “unexpected” person through the two, now pillars, in my life. Both yoga and meditation have given me pain and joy equally, but mostly, insight and growth. The latter pair of attributes, of which, are paramount to our soul’s evolution, and eventual path to samadhi.