Why I Practice Yoga:
As yoga means union, I yoga to unite my mind, heart, body, and spirit. My whole being, when connected through my breath, I am able to come to a higher place on my mat. It is a place where paradoxical truths hold… rooting to rise, compassion over competition, learning your edge to cultivate growth, relaxing to fully engage, the more you let go the more you grasp. It is a place where the search for surrender, space, and presence constantly challenge me as well as thrill me. In the process of strengthening my body and bringing flexibility to all my moving parts, I find the tools to loosen tight spaces and the ways to depend on my breath in moments of anxiety. Small, but precious, miracles happen along this journey that keep me going… injured parts heal over time, weak broken parts fortify with practice, and I am more balanced, centered, grounded. Each day is a chance to do it again, to progress, to move forward… to re-unite in power. The beauty of this practice is that it also unites those around us, on their mats, doing the same thing… who are dedicated and committed. Their unique journeys, rallies and victories, shine light to my own valleys and peaks, inspire me to no end, and deepen my journey into breath, stretch, and strength. This is why I yoga.
Esther Song Jun
Tiffany Song Steffan
Why I Practice Yoga:
Yoga. Yoga asks me to self-reflect on a deep, honest level both about the body and also about the inner mind dialogue. Yoga asks me to embrace myself wholely. The beauty of yoga is that it is a life skill that I am constantly striving to learn as I live fully, breathe wholely, and exercise to be the most healthiest version of myself I can be. Breath is crucial to the execution of this practice, and it helps me have a positive experience even when working hard. I’ve learned through my yoga practice just how beneficial it is to have intentional breathing as I build strength in my body and mind. Yoga has taught me to lean past my edge, for growth cannot exist in my comfort zone. I am able to deepen my trust in my own body and tune a little deeper each time I come back to my mat. I am so grateful to share with the community of other human beings around me in this strange, yet beautiful practice. Yoga takes me to a much healthier, happier place in which I am able to tap into my innate joy. I am a better person because of yoga intellectually, socially, mentally, physically, and spiritually. This is why I yoga.