The art of Nama-Slay

7 lessons that yoga has taught me

Stuck in a daily routine with tons of work and no motivation to do any of it I was caught up in a perpetual pattern of negative thoughts, feelings and behaviors. I felt lost, alone and profoundly sad. The idea that my life wasn’t going anywhere was starting to prevail over the last bits of positivity that was left. I was slowly being sucked into the black hole of depression.

One day, in the midst of my despair, I stumbled upon an invitation from my neighbor Kevin, to join the yoga classes he was starting next Tuesday. I must admit I’ve always been skeptical about practicing yoga, but I clung onto this little piece of hope as it seemed to be my only salvation from my days of desperation.

So I did it. I started this empowering journey of healing and self-discovery, with yoga and it changed my life. With this in mind, I wanted to share with you 7 lessons that yoga has taught me and hopefully, inspire you to give it a go one day.

1.Breath in Peace, Breath out Love

Inhale, exhale. A process so important for humans but yet forgotten to be appreciated. This may sound trivial, but trust me, it’s one of the best lessons I have learnt from yoga. Deep breaths are like little love notes to your body and we shouldn’t underestimate them.

2. Living in the present

The endless flow of thoughts about the future or the past never stops going through my head. This tormenting experience is poisoning my happiness and causing me stress over things that don’t even matter at the moment.

The practice of yoga taught me to be present and live in the moment.

Any distraction from my present being is crucial to my mind, soul and body. Being aware of my NOW, and living in the moment, is the natural flow of the universe.

3. Letting go is the hardest asana

Letting go of anything, or anyone that does not serve me good is essential to my well-being. Having a toxic relationship with someone, and most importantly with myself, can drain my energy and contribute only negatively to my life. Life keeps going, whether we like it or not, and regardless of whether we fret over these things or not. Our hearts know how to heal, it’s our minds we need to teach how to let go.

4.My body is my temple

One of the main things I learned through yoga is to accept and appreciate my body. It is my duty to take care of it and work on bettering its strength, flexibility and balance. In the yoga practices we look at the body as a temple. It’s where your soul is hiding and taking care of your mental and physical being is in the core of the ancient practices. Understanding the importance of it is the key to achieving inner peace within yourself.

5. I am my own competitor

We as humans are created with the inevitable desire to compare ourselves. Sometimes it happens even unconsciously. We see someone we think is/does something better and we strive to get better. Pushing yourself is not always the right way to achieve things. I remember my teacher saying at each practice:

“If you can’t do a pose at the moment don’t force it. Don’t look at the others. Each day your body is different. That’s why the only person you should compare with is yourself.”

6. Train my mind to see the good in every situation

The most challenging lesson of all is not letting negativity ruin the way I see the world around me. Staying positive in tough situations is important for living a complete and happy life.

Positive thoughts generate positive feelings and attract positive life experiences.

7. The art of Nama-Slay

The art of Nama-slay simply means that the badass yogi warrior in me, acknowledges the badass yogi warrior in you. In this we are connected. Staying kind to one another and spreading the positive vibes is all that matters.