This is a rather difficult question, you must agree. It is difficult to find precise words that would clearly express your attitude towards this practice.
But one thing is certain: for most yoga practitioners, it is not just about exercise. It is about the transition from darkness to light, from obscurity to insight, this is change and a sense of flow.
Yoga is becoming more and more popular, there are people who practice yoga as a hobby, and there are those who want to study yoga in more detail and become professionals in this business. It seems that this growing popularity is happening regardless of the geographic location and age of the practitioners, which is a good thing. However, when we allow tendencies to distract us from the true purpose of yoga, it is not entirely correct. And therefore, before starting the practice, it is necessary to ask the questions “why did we start doing yoga?” “Why do we want to keep practicing?” “How has yoga changed us?” and “how does yoga continue to change us?”
You can figure this out by doing a 7-day “science” experiment on yourself. Be prepared for the fact that you begin to change at a very subtle, barely noticeable level.
How do I experiment?
The famous hypnotist Paul McKenna has a theory that you can change your life in seven days. In his book (with the unexpected title “Change Your Life in 7 Days”), he offers methods to help you develop the habits of a highly effective person.
Why 7 days? – Because it is not too much and not so little. Seven days is enough for you to develop a habit of practice and make it a part of your daily life.
So start practicing yoga with special techniques aimed at change, and repeat this practice over and over again. By the end of the week, you will begin to feel the first changes. Of course, big changes take more work and more time. But change is an ongoing process that starts from the very moment you start making efforts. This is why after a week of yoga experiment you will feel like a new person.
Tips to help you in your endeavor:
1 Keep a journal
Journaling will be an essential part of your practice, so prepare a notebook or start your own online journal to dedicate to new habits.
This is important, so take it seriously.
It won’t be difficult. You will just write how you feel after each workout. Let’s say your morning workout has opened up new thoughts and emotions in you. This is what you will write about. Let’s say you fell on your nose when you tried to get into the Bakasana pose, and it scared you very much. You will write about it. Let’s say you experienced pure bliss and the state of meditation continued even after the practice ended. You will enter this in your journal.
There is no specific topic or assignment. Just write how you feel!
Paul Lvov, yoga practitioner and writer for EssayWritingLand, explains how this method works: “Journaling kind of keeps me in the loop. I always get a unique sensation after training, and they stay with me for a certain period of time. If I don’t write about it, I will forget about it. The notebook keeps these moments fresh and is a testament to my progress.