Over the last few weeks I have completed a YogaFit Instructor course. I must admit I walked into the course thinking, ‘Yoga – few poses, can’t be much to it!’…boy was I wrong!!! 10hrs a day for 6 days I left my girls before they woke, got home after they had gone back to bed. During those 60hrs I practiced hours of yoga, learnt the anatomy and alignment of the human body, communication and language of yoga, types of breathing, how to structure and implement a yoga class to the fitness community and well honestly the list is endless! They call these courses ‘intensive’ for a reason as I discovered very quickly!!
I learnt an astonishing amount during the six day course but here are just a few points I pulled that I found rather inspirational and would like to share with you. First my own experience. I have practiced Yoga on and off for a decade, and have always wanted to teach yoga but the following thoughts held me back:
* I can’t / have no interest in meditating..
* I don’t have the body of a Yoga instructor
* I’m not flexible enough
I could go on and on listing flaws that I thought meant I could not be a Yoga instructor. Then I did the YogaFit course. YogaFit is all about making Yoga accessible to every body with every type of body! It is about letting go of competition, judgement and expectations and allowing yourself to just stay in the moment and get to know your body. I became very aware of my body during the course, in just six days I started to notice little things – my posture, the slump I have always had, I became aware of and started trying to correct. My diet, I started grabbing an apple for a snack instead of an overly processed easy grab muesli bar. I was noticing how I treated my body and how It effected me. I’m not saying Yoga will fix all your unhealthy habits but it will make you aware of them and you will find yourself naturally cutting down on them the more regularly you practice.
There are some concepts within the Yoga practice that I found fantastic as general ‘rules to live by’ – The Yamas & Niyamas are your ethical guidelines. The Yamas relate to how we treat those around us – non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, non-excess and non-possessiveness while the Niyamas relate to how we treat ourselves – Purity, Contentment, self-discipline, self-study and surrender. These ‘guidelines’ are not there to stop us from living but rather to open life up to us. Living by these simple precepts you will find your days feel a little lighter, we like ourselves a little more, and even find work more enjoyable ? We all have our bad days, but making a conscious effort to treat ourselves and others with joy and respect, in my opinion can bring nothing but positive things.
I loved both the physical and mental health benefits I gained from practicing Yoga and would love to share the practice with everyone else. This being the case KFiTT will be offering YogaFit classes starting the 28th March, on Saturday mornings at 8.30am from Boronia Park Oval . Whats more – for the first 8 weeks the class will only be $5 and ALL money collected will be donated to Outrun Cancer – A not-for-profit organisation that encourages people to take action against cancer and adopt a healthier lifestyle.
We all have to start somewhere and well – there is no time like the present!
By Emma Williams