A Yogi from This World…

I wanted to start my Blog writing about Thai Massage, but I thought I’d rather start by telling you what kind of Yogi I am, for you to have a better idea of what kind of Blog this will be.
My “relationship” with Yoga has not been an easy ride; it has been a bumpy road full of ups and downs where I’ve touched extremes that have made me feel… quite miserable at times.  Only now, I feel I’m reaching a place of balance, where I can just be myself and feel happy about it, with no reservations towards my “Yoga world”, and my “other world”.   I’m finally feeling that these two worlds are merging into one without friction (the way it should be); however, I know this is not the final reality for me, I’m pretty aware that it can still change as everything alive keeps transforming and what might seem the best place for me right now, might not be enough at another stage of my life.
I consider myself a very down to Earth Yogi.  Yoga makes my life a better one, although it is not my “everything”.  I don’t like radicalizing anything in my life, and this doesn’t mean that there is no compromise!  I think there are some people that take Yoga with extreme fanaticism, not only with their lifestyles, but also with their asana practice, taking it as redemption from their turbulent realities.  I might say I don’t really appreciate this approach as it seems a forced estate of mind.  Instead, I love it when I can sense it is genuine, when I see it totally coming from the heart, with no effort but with total delight, without being judgmental, when it is a true lifestyle that makes them at peace with themselves and with the entire Universe.
Back to me, for the time being, I try my best to have a daily practice (which I admit is still quite difficult between a full-time job in Logistics, a part-time job as a Yoga Teacher, Running, Photography and the other million things that I’m passionate about), to feed my body and mind in a healthy way, to be kind to people and to the earth, to keep learning in order to become a better person and a better Teacher.  Still, I quite often ask myself:  Do I have to become a Vegan? Do I have to stop having a glass of wine every once in a while? Should I be standing on my head for 20 minutes everyday or being able to cross my legs on the back of my neck?  Well, maybe in a later stage of my life I will; nevertheless, it has to arrive naturally; I have to be just ready for it!  By now, I will just keep on being “a Yogi from This World”, and as the Bhagavad Gita teaches us, I’ll try to live my life with moderation; not too much of anything: not too much eating, not too much starvation; not too much sleep, not too much vigil…

I can assure you that the traits of my personality will be reflected in this Blog.  It will be sometimes transcendental, occasionally transgrassive, and at times more pleasing.  I really hope you enjoy it and don’t forget to share your comments!

I leave you today with a quote from the Dalai Lamma that I simply love:
“The purpose of our lives is to be happy”.

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