Flow is movement, it is continuous movement, it is when we move steadily along. Our bodies need movement to stay supple, to keep our organs healthy and immune system strong. Our minds need movement to stay clear, enhance cognitive functioning, improve mood and reduce anxiety. Our emotions need movement to stay in check, stay calm, minimize stress and just feel good.
Flow is also a mental state, a state in which a person becomes fully immersed in an activity, is truly engaged and present in the moment. It’s when you get into the zone and are so absorbed by what you are doing that time just doesn’t exist. Everything falls away, there is a sense of freedom, no fear, no ego, no expectations, no pressure, just you being in space.
If you have ever been in this state of flow, it’s wonderful, and it’s in yoga that practitioners often than not experience this state of being. However, even if you don’t, it’s okay because every session on the mat is different. Know that you still get the benefit of flow, your mind, body and perhaps even soul are grateful for it.
To share a bit of my yoga journey…
I was 12 years old, in a book shop, going through a pile of sale items and came across a Hatha yoga book which caught my attention. Without much convincing my mother bought me the book. I read through it from cover to cover and was fascinated by the exercises and the benefits it mentioned. I worked my way through the pages learning the various poses and sequences described. I found myself doing it every day and it is ever since then that I came to love it. Over the course of just a few weeks I had noticed how my reactions changed when provoked by other kids at school and that’s when I realized that yoga was in some way changing me from the inside. Honestly, schools should make yoga compulsory for all students, not only because of the mental, emotional and physical benefits, but also the philosophical teachings and discipline that come with it.
Over the years I found myself regularly coming back to yoga, when I went through tough times in my teens, multiple immigration's, changing schools or jobs and all sorts of other life challenges. It became the one thing I consistently turned to for guidance during stressful events, for introspection, when going through difficult times and often turned to it when struggling to make decisions. It eventually opened up a more spiritual path for me, a way of finding a spiritual connection to the universe and a means to take time out to give thanks and be grateful for the good things in my life. I have found it to be the perfect tool for finding balance. It provides harmony between the physical, mental and emotional aspects of our bodies.
One day out of the blue I was nudged by an unexplainable force to permanently commit to it. I registered to do my teacher training purely to dig deeper into my own practice but when I completed it, I had a feeling that this is not the end. This is taking me somewhere, I didn’t know where and actually still don’t, but I am so at peace and enjoy sharing this practice with others that I am happy to just ride this wave and see where it takes me.
I always wanted to start a blog to share everything I have learned over the years about this ancient practice in the hopes that it too may benefit others and I hope I can finally do that with Flow with Yoga.