For me, the easiest way to connect to myself is through yoga. The word yoga takes its root from the Sanskrit word yuj, which means to join, to yoke together, to unite into one integral whole. In other words, it is the union of individual energy and universal energy. The word ‘yoga’, in short, means ‘union’.
Although I had been doing yoga since 15, it was not until my early 20s that I discovered the union of yoga. I found an incredible teacher by chance called Yoga Belle and she showed me the craziest thing: yoga made my mind go bright white and filled my soul with light and love. I would practically skip home to my tiny flat in Elephant and Castle in London after my bi-weekly yoga class with Belle with this profound sense of lightness that I had never experienced before. Of course, I know now that humans are made of light and love, and it is only the absence of light and love that creates darkness and fear. But it was yoga that showed me that before I studied it and proved it to myself at an intellectual level. It was yoga that gave that gift to me. Yoga showed me the way home to the light within myself.
I have said it a million times, so much so that my husband now rolls his eyes when I say it, but after I have practised yoga: ‘I feel more like myself’. Without yoga, I sometimes stray elsewhere, somewhere that is not my home. That is why one of the best decisions I ever made was to train as a yoga teacher in 2012. I dived itself the philosophy of yoga and deepened my practice, and now I can share my passion for yoga with others.
I truly believe that yoga lights up the path home – home to oneself – and this has the power to raise the consciousness of each and every soul, and thereby the planet.
“Our lack of self-love is the core of almost all our problems.
It is the root of all our neurosis. It is the root of our relationship problems.
It is the root of settling for a life of bread and cheese rather than inviting ourselves to the banquet.”
Gill Edwards in Wild Love