I’ve had the concept of this blog for a while now – it seems fitting that I penned the first entry while traveling in India, giving life to it in the birth place of yoga. With this blog I want to share my journey as a yoga practitioner, student and teacher. I am also hoping to rekindle my love affair with writing, which I have lost touch with somewhere along the way of “growing up”. I was too busy, that was my excuse, but really, it was because I got too protective of myself. I grew weary and wary of social media – I did not want my life, my feelings, my thoughts and ideas on public display, open to judgment by anyone with a smart phone, tablet or computer. So why then, you may ask, did I start this blog?
A friend once asked me to start a yoga blog – this was shortly after I had finished my first teacher training – and I said, “Nah, I don’t know enough to write about it.” Well, I still don’t know much, I can hardly call myself enlightened, but now I realised that this is exactly why I should write about it – to connect with all the other yet-to-be-enlightened souls out there and to share that yoga is not about looking incredibly flexible in a pose wearing the latest yoga fashion. It’s not about achieving the “out of the body” experience during meditation. It’s never about the destination, it’s about the journey. It’s about what it brings to our lives. Yoga doesn’t only happen on the mat or meditation cushion – it’s happening right here, right now, during every moment of our lives, every single snapshot of now. It’s being aware of our every thought, word or action, and how it impacts ourselves or others. My desire to verbalise this idea of yoga has led me to let me guard down, overcoming my fear of allowing another soul to pass judgment on my choice of words. Heck, maybe no one will ever read this, but that’s ok, writing helps me crystallise and articulate the running commentary in my head. If anything, it will help me in my own self-discovery journey. So this is how I decided to bare my supposedly divine self in a blog.
Coincidentally, today is International Yoga Day, so with a ceremonious click, I will publish my first blog on this ceremonious day. Namaste.