Is there Magic in Yoga?

Authored By: 
Ellen de Jonge

They had to drag me to my first yoga class. I always thought yoga was not for me. I was not ready to sit on a mat and talk with something higher than myself. I am a sports person and not a dreamy softy. That was my idea of yoga. I was so wrong. Right after my first class I felt like a load had been lifted off my shoulders and I asked my teacher for a book to learn more about yoga. I needed to know what this was all about. How could just one class have given me the feeling I touched something magical? From that day on I was a student and soon became a teacher.

My life changed and all for the good. So yes, I agree that with a steady yoga practice great things happen. You can read everywhere about the benefits of yoga, physically, mentally and spiritually. The beauty is that it works on all levels, there are teachers and styles for everybody. And we know that it is not just about a strong and healthy looking body (nothing wrong with that of course and it comes with steady practice) but that a healthy mind is also important to prevent disease and live a longer, healthier life. Meditation is no longer a scary word or practice.

I love the direction my life has taken since that first class. I’ve gone from teaching part time to full time. The biggest part of this dream is that I am able to help people, help them feel good, help them look inside themselves and help them create a better life for themselves. Is yoga really that big? Yes it is. I see it every day with my own eyes, the changes, the happiness and the growing number of people who are taking a teacher training course , joining in a workshop or try a class for the first time.

In my daily classes I teach Vinyasa flow, a dynamic way of practicing yoga with lots of hard work, sweat, and a lot of smiling faces. Linking poses with other poses and connecting them with the breath. Adding pranayama and awareness of the breath makes it a complete class. The messages I kind of sneak into the classes are bigger and more profound than the physical movement and when the student is ready they will understand. All in their own time. Every level is a treasure and the journey is worth every down ward facing dog. Because we love our down dogs. And of course our chaturangas.
So YES, yoga is big and if you let it into your daily life, magic happens.

About the Author: 

Originally from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ellen moved to Playa del Carmen, Mexico in 2001. In Playa del Carmen is where she did her first Yoga practice and right away felt that this was her life changing moment. She embraced the practice and science of Yoga daily and became an E-RYT with the Yoga alliance and has been, and still is, studying with many great teachers. As they say; always the student.
Ellen's uniquely designed Vinyasa Flow has become highly popular, drawing students from around the world to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, where Ellen is based. Renowned in her field for her strength and helping her students to find their own strength Ellen will challenge you in class, but not without a special focus on safety, alignment, breath and meditation. Bringing into the practice that Yoga is not only asana but a great journey to take and if you let it a way of life.
Having trained with teachers such as Baron Baptiste, Erich Schiffman, Dharma Mitra, and Bryan Kest, Ellen now continues her studies with Para Yoga founder Rod Stryker who, amongst other things works in finding “supreme accomplishment" both in yoga practice and in life.

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