By Kimaya Singh
Within every art form there is beauty. As an instructor, you may have seen this beauty in the improvements in your students or at a prenatal yoga teacher training intensive. For those who teach Yogic methods, there is beauty in every part of this treasured practice. Yoga is considered to be art, science and a way of life. It is also the perfect activity for cultivating both inner and outer beauty.
Part of Yoga’s healing process is that the inner peace and calmness it affords helps a person’s inner beauty come to the surface. Tension lines, muscle cramps, and superficial complexion problems that plague most Westerners are often caused by stress and a poor diet. Yoga is ideal for giving a student a way to remove outward signs that they have been making their health and wellness a priority. After practicing yoga for a few months, students often remark that their friends tell them that they emit a glow that they have previously never held before. In this sense, the tranquility and search for inner peace shows through to the outward parts of our bodies.
Physically speaking, many people turn to more athletic-based yoga schools, where the objective is to build lean muscle mass, without gaining size, and provide overall cardiovascular health. A regular asana practice is effective in sculpting muscle tone that is not bulky or out of proportion to a person’s natural body type. This is because the weight bearing poses in yoga training allow the body to grow muscle size at a rate that adjusts to ever growing demands on the muscles.
Practicing yoga forces a person to turn their focus inward, and to deal with parts of themselves that they often judge as “bad” or “ugly.” Looking at those parts with non-judgment means that the student can begin to find the beauty in even those parts of ourselves that we try to hide form others. We start to see that underneath those things we want to avoid there is potential and beauty that can be added to our lives.
With improved muscle tone and generally better health, body movement improves for the student. His or her movements become more graceful and more deliberate. The student no longer lumbers or shuffles from point A to point B; instead, movements are made deliberately and with a grace that shows a new inner confidence. And as the body becomes more flexible, we also become more flexible with what we allow into and out of our lives. That flexibility allows us to explore things that previously would’ve scared us and kept us from realizing our true potential. It allows us to open up to more potential beauty in our lives.
As students progress, asana, pranayama, meditation and relaxation, allow them to become aware of the world outside of themselves and outside of their own body.
© Copyright 2012 – Aura Wellness Center – Publications Division
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