How do I define yoga and how do I apply it in my life and yoga classes?

Honestly it’s not easy for me to give the right  definition of  yoga. When I started practising yoga, apart from the physical benefits, I  became aware that through the practice I began to experience a great shift of inner well-being, harmony and a deep sense of peace. 

Yoga is a great tool that helps me achieve and maintain my mental sanity. A way of living more in the present moment and becoming less reactive to external situations/circumstances.  Yoga makes me feel good and helps me get in touch with my inner-self. I truly consider yoga, including meditation, my medicine to live effectively my daily life. Through yoga I feel more balanced, centred and calm. I feel ok with myself and more connected to God and others. (In no way I am trying to project myself that I am perfect person and I never lose my temper!)

I truly believe that yoga is a state of mind and that I can bring that mentality  in anything I do in my life, including the way I share the practice of yoga. For over 3 years I had the opportunity to share yoga practice on a one-to-one basis with the visually impaired and blind persons at a local centre in Malta. The challenge was great and to meet their needs I had to improvise a lot of moves/postures which are not ‘normal’ yoga asanas.  However, what mattered was that  they felt relaxed and calmer after the one-to-one sessions. The smile on their faces was evident enough to reflect the peace and serenity they were experiencing deep down in their hearts.

Same experience I had when dealing with acute mental health patients suffering from severe depression, anxiety, bipolar, addiction and prison inmates with mental health issues etc. It’s only the way one shares yoga that is different, as the result will be the same. A more stable and tamed mind.

Yoga is a way to ‘let go’.  Letting go not just stress and tension from my body, but letting go of too much expectations on others and myself ; letting go of anything that is no longer serving me and a way to forgive. Through yoga, I feel that I can celebrate life in a more  meaningful and purposeful way. A way of life and a means of ongoing self-growth. 

Current yoga sessions are being held at Zebbug Malta and Dingli