The You're Enough Yoga Philosophy
There is nowhere to get to because you are enough. You are enough, just as you are.
We live in a culture where self-improvement is big business. As a yoga teacher who charges for my classes and time, I have no problem with asking to be paid by customers in exchange for my efforts and training. However, I never wish to leave students thinking they NEED to be more of something and less of something else.
The more I practised yoga, the more contented I began to feel. The practice blossomed feelings of contentment with what I could accomplish on the mat, including simply resting and breathing. Contentment on the mat slowly but surely became contentment in daily life. I also learned to guide compassion toward aspects of my ego which I still disowned. The dawning realisation of how discontent I had been for much of my life was a definite contrast with the little moments of peace and satisfaction that were becoming more frequent as my Yoga practice continued. I felt that part of myself was getting rebuilt and slotted back into alignment with my true self, the realisation that I had always been enough.
There are eight branches on the tree which we know as Yoga. Making shapes on the mat is the branch called Asana, this is the branch of Yoga that we mostly recognise as ‘doing yoga’ when we arrive for a class. There are also branches called Yamas and Niyamas. I began to understand that my feelings of ‘enoughness’ were in line with these principles of living. Lliving in a manner which is non grasping (known as Aparigratha in the Yamas) and choosing to align with feelings of enough and contentment (known as Santosha in the Niyamas).
When we approach our Yoga practice from a place of contentment with ourselves, the benefits of yoga can feel like very cool bonus prizes, instead of results that we have to produce, attempting to plug a hole where we feel we are lacking. I intend for You're Enough Yoga students to feel that they are enough. Stepping on to the mat is enough. Connecting with the breath is enough. The beautiful heart that beats in your body is enough…the rest is just extra to play around with.