Why do we practice?
Updated: Apr 1, 2019
Sometimes I need a reminder why I practice yoga and sati (mindfulness). I can read all the cool research out there about the benefits of both, but ultimately it comes down to my own personal experience, which I wanted to share with you all.
I recently injured my shoulder a bit in a kickboxing class, so I decided to listen to my body (practicing what I teach) and take a break. I had the pleasure of attending one of my teacher’s yoga classes and it inspired me to write this.
It all comes down to this: yoga and sati are my refuge. When I step on my mat, and I am guided by a teacher, I embark on a journey. I am reminded of how good it feels to move in a slow and mindful way. I breathe, I let go, and I flow in a way that allows me to take care of my body, my nervous system, and my mind. By the time I get to Savasana (my resting pose), my heart is so open and full of love, peace, and happiness that the feeling of Metta naturally arises (Metta is the beautiful attitude of loving-kindness, of wishing happiness and goodwill for all beings). And I am reminded: this is why I practice, this is why I teach, and this is why I opened Sati Yoga. I truly believe that if we can find deep happiness for ourselves, we make this world a better place.
This is my wish; may all beings everywhere be happy.
If you have a story you would like to share about why you do yoga, I would love to hear it!
By Huda Al-Qatami