Yoga: Your Way to a Better You
Dylan Werner explores what drives us all to change and how our yoga practice can help us on our own path to transformation and personal growth.
Ann Pizer |
Change can be scary, right!? Taking that leap of faith to push yourself, to try something new, may seem daunting, yet we are already doing it every day, even during our Yoga practice.
As part of our series of inspiring guest blogs about ‘Transformation’, Dylan Werner explores what makes us all want to make changes to our lives, bodies and minds, and the role yoga can play in all of these transformations.
‘Why do we want to be better? What in us drives us to improve our lives, our bodies, and our minds? Is it because we are not happy with where we are or who we are? For some of us, this is the reason. But even those who are perfectly happy with their lives still have this desire to be better.
Yoga teaches us Santosha (contentment), to find joy and happiness in this moment, knowing that you are enough and everything you have is enough. But yoga also teaches us Tapas (purification through discipline), to give your best, to push yourself to grow and transform.
BKS Iyengar said, “Life without Tapas is like a heart without love.”
Our purpose in life is to grow. Change is constant. Everything in the universe is moving towards growth or death, our lives especially. To think that we will remain exactly as we are is to deny this absolute truth. So we must change.
Yoga is a transformational path that leads us to bettering ourselves. This leads us to our mat daily, to our meditation, to deepening this connection, because only by first understanding who we are and where, can we find the direction that leads to transformation and personal growth.’
Dylan Werner is a Vinyasa yoga teacher that spends most of his time traveling, teaching workshops and classes all over the world. Dylan is an inversion and arm balance master and is regarded as one of the world leaders in yoga strength training and body weight movement.