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What Does it Mean to Be a #StrongYogi?

This year, Aurorae kicked off our #StrongYogi campaign. But what does it mean to be a Strong Yogi?

Just like your yoga practice, being a #StrongYogi is unique to each individual person!

This is the start of a blog series in which we ask different yogis what being a Strong Yogi means to them. We hope you will join us for a year of strength, health, and wellness!


 

I started doing yoga as another way to work out and stay in shape.

I wanted to go to power classes, I wanted to sweat, I wanted to burn calories, I wanted to be more fit. I found myself drawn to fast paced flow classes where the teacher kept us busy and moving. When the teacher offered child’s pose, I would resist because I found the pose boring and non-beneficial. What good could it be doing my body if I am just sitting here?

I fidgeted in Savasana with my eyes wide open making my to-do list in my head, waiting for the class to end so I could go and do more. If you would have asked me 5 years ago what being a Strong Yogi meant, I would have told you that, for me, it means pushing myself to do extra vinyasas and pushups to “get the most” out of my yoga class.

This go-go-go mentality in my yoga practice was also infiltrating other parts of my life. I felt the need to always be busy, always doing something, always running an extra mile, always taking on more projects and more hours at work and more hours at school.

I was always multitasking.

I had a constantly full to do list.

Aubrey 5I had become comfortable being stressed out and completely exhausted!

Eventually, I realized the damage I was doing to myself and I started to soften my yoga practice. I learned and explored more about the spiritual side of yoga. I started taking other kinds of yoga classes, ones that weren’t just centered on power flows. I started to see value in taking it easy in my practice.

I took child’s pose.

A lot.

Sometimes I would just sit in child’s pose most of the class, as if years of exhaustion was finally taking its toll. I started to learn about meditation and the art of sitting in quiet stillness (this is something I still struggle with). I started to learn the importance of self-care, taking it easy, and going slow.

This mentality started to seep into other parts of my life. My yoga has taught me to stop biting off more than I can chew. It has taught me to slow down and really listen to my body. It has taught me to listen to others more than I talk. It has taught me to connect with myself and with others in a new way.

Today, being a Strong Yogi, for me, means having the strength to know when to slow down and when to take it easy. Being a Strong Yogi means knowing when to love myself enough to take a break. Being a Strong Yogi means sometimes skipping my physical asana practice in favor of meditating at home. Being a Strong Yogi means taking child’s pose.

What does being a #StrongYogi mean to you? Tell us your thoughts!

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Aubrey is a yogini that wears many hats: yoga instructor and yoga director at Life Yoga in New Orleans, a marketing assistant, a lover of chocolate, and a blogger. To see her teaching schedule and find out more about her, check out her personal page.

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