My Yoga

My introduction to Yoga came through Bikram Yoga. It was a shock to my system. I was initially really pleased at the great deal where I got to go to 3 classes for the price of 1 class. It was too good a deal to pass up. The exercise aspect of Bikram yoga got my hooked. It was a great work out and perfect to do during winter.

Three months after, the yoga studio I practiced at introduced Vinyasa and I gravitated towards that form of practice as I was getting quite frustrated with the sergeant master drill master type of instruction that Bikram yoga encouraged. Vinyasa allowed me to find an internal calm as I flowed from one pose to another, going from simple to complex. The room still stayed warm and the exercise approach to yoga still remained.

Seven Years, two studios and an injured left wrist (from pushing too hard to hit a handstand) later, I’m now practising yoga at home with strong focus on the internal mental practice. I’ve not take a photo or video of my yoga practice for any years. But this morning, the light filtering in from an open window and my pure happiness about my current mental and physical practice motivated my to take a photo of what my practice means to me.

My yoga practice now consists of almost daily short 20 min Hatha practices with a few slow Vinyasas thrown in for good measures. Where possible, I also try to squeeze in a 5-10 min meditation practice either immediately after my movement practice or on the walk to work. I love my friend Kylie’s practice but currently the type of product offering that works form y lifestyle is that offered by Glo. I practice in the room that also doubles are my office and guest bedroom and it helps me balance my life. I’m not trying to impress anyone else. There is no mirror for my ego to take pleasure in my alignment. There is just me and myself, trying to look after myself so that I am centred enough to treat others with the rest they deserve.

Serendipitous Timing

In my early 20’s and 30’s it was easy to live life large. As time goes by, I realised that I am at my best when I pay attention to my mental and physical well being. It took time to discover the approach that works best for me.

Initially yoga was the easiest introduction to a balanced life. Vinyasa yoga, as introduced to me by wonderful friends, pairs mental focus with a vigorous strength based practice. Graceful, strong and fluid, how others look while practicing. I just looked like a hot mess.

As I entered my early 40’s, I shifted towards a slower, meditative approach. I introduced Qi Gong to my daily routine and gravitated towards Hatha yoga which involves holding poses longer, giving me a chance to be and stay in the moment. In addition, I started and stopped and still am stumbling through cultivating a meditation practice. As yoga cliches go, which does not they are not true, “it is a practice not a perfect”.

Adding to my health arsenal are my visits to my Chiropractor who is also my photography and yoga friend, Harley from Outspoken Chiropractic. Harley is a mental well being and holistic health champion. Visiting him always helps me feel better physically and mentally. We share common interests in photography and movement practices like Yoga.

While I have a tendency to forget when my appointments with him are, my body has strangely remembered when I’m due to visit. In an oddly serendipitous manner, my body starts acting up and before I can text Harley to ask when My appointment with him is, he texts me in the morning to remind me of our appointment at 545pm in the evening that day. Spooky.

A long ramble later, I guess my message is that we all need to find something that allows us to function at our best. Focusing on my mental and physical well being through, Yoga, Qi Gong, Meditation and Chiropractic treatments help me. They give me a good foundation to be a better person who is a husband, fur baby father, wannabe photographer and colleague.

What helps you be the best version of you?

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