When I started practicing Dahn Yoga, I had all the material things I could ever desire. I had a nice home, a stable relationship, a car and enough money to live comfortably. I was relatively happy and by most standards I was living an ideal life.
But for me, something was missing. I felt unsatisfied. I wanted more from life, even if I couldn’t describe what more was at the time.
As I started coming to classes more regularly, many things started to change for me. First, I my body changed. I became more flexible. My mind became more calm and relaxed. My breathing improved and got deeper.
After each class, I would sit and drink tea with the other students and discuss the changes we were going through and what we felt in class.
What I realized over time was that I was really developing courage and confidence in myself and I was growing a sense of hope for my ability to change myself.
The excersises we did in class were so simple and so effective and were benefiting so many different people with completely different health conditions.
I began to believe that we have a lot more control over our health than we realize and that maintaining our health can be as simple as excercising for one hour a day.
Seeing myself and others quickly and radically improve their health and their lives gave me a lot of hope. It gave me hope that we could all manage ourselves without expensive procedures or techniques. We just need to know how to use and move our bodies. It’s really that simple!
I also felt and received a lot of hope from my instructors. There is really no better feeling that the feeling of hope that we can all live healthy, productive lives in harmony with ourselves, with others and with the earth itself.
I realized very early in my practice that yoga is not just about stretching your muscles but about stretching your heart and feeling more peace and more hope for your life and life in general.
I received so much hope from practicing Dahn Yoga that I decided to become a Dahn Yoga instructor so that I could share that hope with more and more people. But that is a story for another post. Stay tuned…