When I was in Yoga Tree’s Yoga Teacher Training at the beginning of the year, one of our instructors asked why we came to our first yoga class. For most of us, it was the physical benefits – get in better shape, increase strength and flexibility. Then he asked why we kept going to yoga class. Many of us had found that beyond the physical benefits of asana, we were more calm, peaceful, and happy in our lives.
Yoga doesn’t just effect the physical body, but also our mental, emotional, and spiritual selves. But you may not have noticed the change. You might just sense that you feel so good after doing yoga that you keep coming back.
As the year is coming to an end, I like everyone else am turning inward. One of the major things I’ve realized in the last week is the importance of returning to WHY you do something. Becoming clear on the underlying reasons WHY something aligns your intentions, actions and desires. It keeps you in integrity, it keeps you motivated when things get tough, and produces powerful results.
Watch Simon Sinkek’s TED Talk on How Great Leaders Inspire Action.
The reason why you do yoga will change over time, becoming deeper and deeper. It could be that you learn that you are more resilient, able to overcome old limiting habits or patterns, or feel more connected to spirit. My challenge to you is to become aware of why you do yoga – what keeps you returning to the mat, again and again? Pay attention to your way, watch as it changes over time. And when you’re really struggling to make it to class and you feel like you really don’t want to go – go back to your why.
I’d love to hear – what’s your WHY?