Is Yoga not only about touching your toes? Seriously?
Many of us have started yoga with the practice of asanas (postures), but this is only one of the many reasons for people to try a yoga class. The idea of doing some of the beautiful postures, such as the head stand, attract many of us as we like the physical exercise and the challenge.
Hopefully, with continuous practice you can come to realization that the difference between yoga and any other sport that includes stretching is the connection of the breath with the movements and with your mind all while doing the poses.
But going back to our question, I think yoga is also (not only) about touching the toes. Naturally, there will be people who are flexible by nature and without having experienced a yoga class they can touch their toes and much more. But for a person who is dedicated to the practice of yoga, there will be a progress not only with touching the toes but doing some other difficult poses that involve some flexibility and straighten.
So after many days or years of practicing different yoga poses you will probably get some improvement in your flexibility. Further than that, you will become more aware of your habits outside the mat, meaning to say, what do you eat, how long you sleep, how do you relax, are you aware of your words, and your thoughts?
It is that awareness that will make you change your life style, making the healthy choices to have a better yoga practice but mostly to feel good with your body and with yourself. So instead of eating a big pizza or going out late in the night, you will start to change your habits, making healthier choices that will be reflected on your practice.
At yoga retreats Malaga, you can start practicing and observing how after the first yoga session, when you are more relax and connected to your body and your breath it will become easier to do some of the yoga poses.
The final result of touching your toes is not the reason for you to practice yoga, but a healthy life and a regular practice will be the cause for you ending touching the toes.
Do we do all this only for the ego? Well that will be a subject for our next blog.