Yogi’s guide to Living 4/6 Su Yeon (Janet) Hong

The biggest change after taking this YTT happened on my mind, not on my body.

To me, Yoga was doing asana and challenging oneself with more advanced postures. I think a lot of people think like me as asana practice often gets interpreted as Yoga itself.

I knew a lot of yogis go really spiritual once they get really deeper in Yoga practice but I had no idea about how practicing yoga could change one’s lifestyle until I learned 8 limbs of Yoga.

 

The 8 limbs of Yoga came from Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutra and offers guidance on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. As the ultimate goal of any Yoga practice is to attain liberation or freedom, I believe applying this guidance to my real life will lead me to the liberation.

8 limbs cover a wide aspects of our life; from our willpower to physical exercise as well as mental exercise. Along with asana, pranayama and Dhyana( meditation), I want to practice ‘Brahmacharya’ (Control of your sense, activity) in my real life. I often get so exhausted after spending my energy on dealing with how others would think of me. I want my yoga practice to be able to lead me to live my own life without comparing with others, worrying about the expectations of others.

 

Yoga is a practice of transforming and benefiting every aspect of life, not just the 60 minutes spent on a mat. If I can learn to be kind, truthful and use my energy in worthwhile way I will not only benefit myself with my practice, but everything and everyone around me too.

 

So practice real yoga every damn day to be truthful and even be true to myself.