My first encounter with yoga was about 5 years ago, while I had a very demanding job that pushed me to find relief and peace somewhere. As many people, my first fascination towards the practice began with the physical aspects.
How quickly the body changes, becoming more flexible and stronger. Yet I hadn’t quite gotten the point, I was just attending some classes at the gym and I was not even aware what tradition I was practicing, not to mention all the spiritual and philosophical aspects of it. It was not until 3 years ago when I discovered Ashtanga Yoga in the Internet, when I made the decision to re-take a yoga practice.
Then, I really started understanding what yoga means, not only because I got into a deeper, more physically and mentally demanding, focused practice, but also because I read to know more about Ashtanga Yoga. I learnt that, to practice yoga, there are “instructions” to be followed (Yoga sutras), and these “instructions” also tell us not be violent, even in our own practice.
Yoga also means to learn to be self-forgiving, even in those days when just standing on the mat feels like a challenge on its own. To date, I consider myself a student, and with every day of practice, it becomes clearer, that I will aways be so. Yet, that is one of the beauties of this practice, self awareness.