In two weeks, I will be graduating college and moving to New York City. It feels absolutely surreal and a little bit scary. Because of this, I’ve found myself thinking of what I’ve learned during yoga and how I can take my yoga off the mat. After practicing for just over a year and finding a second home at Yoga Mindset, I’ve met so many teachers and other students that have shared their philosophies and thoughts on the purpose of yoga.
Of course, the purpose of yoga is different for everyone, but there seems to be a common trend: stillness, peace, happiness, and strength. On our mats, we can find stillness in the poses, peace in the heart, happiness in the mind, and strength in the breath. With that, I’ve found that everything that I do on my mat is like a “test run” for life outside the studio.
Along with the warmer weather, spring also introduces new obstacles. For some, that may be graduating college, starting a new job, or moving to a new city. I challenge you to take what you’ve learned on your mat and bring it into your life off the mat. When your brain won’t stop, close your eyes and practice your Ujjayi breath. When you are about to step on stage for graduation, stand in mountain pose and just breath. Whatever it may be, use what you’ve learned in your practice. Yoga can prepare us for those day to day challenges and teach us to welcome them with an open heart.