The word transformation feels… BIG.
It feels like it should be something reserved for enlightened people only, and
you aren’t sure you’re one of them. But we’re here to tell you, everyone can
transform every day, with every breath. Every time you breathe in and breathe
out, you can transform.
No matter what stresses we have, or
how much we take on in our daily lives, with each mindful breath, we are giving
ourselves the gift of starting fresh. Which is why many feel differently when they start to practice yoga regularly. Most people claim they feel better in their body,
their mind clearer, and are less quick to react negatively to
stressful situations. These are just a couple of the benefits that people
experience through practicing yoga. The question is, why does yoga work so well?
Power of the poses
You might be asking, how is that
possible? Can yoga really transform me? The simple answer is yes. It isn’t a
one-yoga-class transformation but instead, is a more subtle evolving. As you
move your body into new shapes, you might feel resistance at first. But as you
let go of the resistance and create these new shapes, your brain also in turn
is creating new shapes and pathways. It’s allowing you to see beyond the habits
and thought patterns you’ve always had. This allows for freedom and
Power of Intention
The very act of yoga is intention. Booking into a yoga class is
intention. Showing up for yoga class is an intention. Listening to the teacher
is intention. Moving and breathing in sequence is intention. And in the act of
intention, there is a freedom because you are ultimately making the
choice: the choice to show up. And when you show up for something again and
again, it teaches you what it could be like to show up in all aspects of your
life. To be present and aware always.
Remover of obstacles
You do not transform into something
greater than yourself. You actually transform into who you were always meant to
be. Yogic texts explain that throughout our lives, we experience obstacles that
pull us away from who we truly are. Emotional scars, triggers and bad habits
tend to keep us self-involved, not allowing us to connect to the bigger Self.
With yoga practice, it is said that these obstacles are subtly stripped away.
And what is left is who you were always meant to be. Free from the obstacles
keeping you from a happy, fulfilled life.
So, now you’re ready to get on that
mat. Whether you’re brand new to yoga or have been practicing for years, we’re
here to tell you that Virgin Active offers a yoga program unparallel to the
rest. With expertly trained yoga coaches in their field, the yoga classes you
seek to change your life are here. And best yet, you’ll have the freedom to
find balance not only in yoga but with our wide array of group exercise and
fitness facilities. Less boredom, more transformation.
In the meantime, Kate Pippos our
National Head Coach of yoga, is offering to you a special yoga sequence for
counteracting our sitting habit . Ready to get to know
Kate Pippos better? Here we chat all things yoga with her during this 2-Minute