Everyday Moments of Yoga Magic

Yoga can take us a long way on the path of personal development – this may at times feel like striving for something that seems a long way off in the distance. But Yoga is also very clear that the emphasis of our practice is on the journey – setting out with a clear direction, knowing where we would like to go, and then returning our attention back to the present and enjoying the journey – much like sitting on a train and enjoying the scenery that we pass through whilst heading for a chosen destination.

Some of the small achievements that we haven’t even been looking for can make us very happy and I call them ‘everyday moments of yoga magic’. Here’s a small selection of those moments that my students have told me about:

A young student in her twenties was very excited towards the end of her first term of yoga:

‘I share a flat with two others who are very tall. I could never reach the shelf where our mugs for the tea are kept but now I can balance on my tiptoes so well that I can reach it!!!’ 

A student in her seventies was very happy to tell me this:

‘I went to my doctor’s recently to have my blood sugars tested which had been quite high for some time. The results were astoundingly good and my doctor asked me whether I had changed my diet or done anything else to make this happen. I said, ‘No, the only thing that I can think of that I have done differently is that I joined a yoga class 3 months ago. I am so happy.’

And here are some more:

‘Every time I leave my Monday morning class I need to adjust my rear mirror in the car as I seem to have grown taller and lighter each time.’

‘Going to my class on a Wednesday evening seems to make my working week so much more manageable. Before I came to the class Thursdays and Fridays seemed to drag out endlessly and I couldn’t wait for Saturday to arrive. Now I feel like ‘Ok, here’s another two days to get stuff done! I have so much more energy.’

‘My yoga class on a Wednesday evening is like an oasis of peace in my week.’

‘I had a bereavement recently and was very shaken. It was the supportive, compassionate atmosphere in the yoga class that enabled me to get out of the house and rest in the safety of the class for a little while every week.’