It’s so important to understand that we all come to yoga with different perspectives. I’m blessed to travel the world and teach yoga classes to people of all cultures and backgrounds, and guess what I’ve learned?
I learned that yoga is a universal language that transcends any cultural differences we might have.
On this episode of The Yoga Inspiration, you will hear how one yoga student’s journey inspired him to connect with one of the most inclusive communities in fitness - the yoga community.
Skye is a local yoga student here with me in Miami. In fact, he’s the student model I’m using for my new book and video series Get Your Yoga On. Working together with Skye, we’re taking 30 traditional yoga positions and making them accessible for yoga students of all strengths and ages.
Skye hasn’t been practicing yoga that long either. He started his yoga journey a little over two years ago when his brother inspired him to attend a yoga class, and his beginner’s journey might sound a lot like yours. Skye wasn’t intune with his breathing, he wasn’t familiar with the positions, and he was intimidated by this community that looks so fit and enlightened.
Does that sound familiar?
I know that when I started my own yoga journey, I felt many of these same things. Poses weren’t at all accessible. There was no YouTube or Google that could quickly connect me with teachers or videos to help my at-home practice. I attended yoga classes almost every day and took home what my yoga teachers were telling me.
The relationship between a yoga student and their teacher is sacred, and Skye shares how his yoga teachers inspire him to continue getting on the mat and practicing every day. One of the most important things his yoga teacher ever told him is - “yoga is a journey.”
How does that resonate with you?
As a yoga teacher, I feel that it’s so important to find yoga students who are on similar yoga journeys. I love working with yogis who are intimidated by the practice at first but learn to overcome that fear and embrace the yoga community as one of their own.
Because yoga isn’t a privilege. Yoga is an inclusive and personal revolution for anyone that wants to make their world a happier, more peaceful place. That is why Skye inspired me to make him model for Get Your Yoga On and exactly why I invited him on this podcast to share his story. The yoga community can be an amazing source of inspiration when you find the courage to step into your first yoga class.
If you’re a practicing yoga student, please share a bit of your yoga journey with me! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me - what does yoga mean to you? You could be invited to guest spot on The Yoga Inspiration Podcast with Kino MacGregor!
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