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Stilling the mind

by Ingrid Arnou June 30, 2020

Stilling the mind

An introduction into the philosophy of yoga

“The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.” - Sakyong Mipham

We all come back to our mats for enjoyment and bliss that we experience after an active or soothing yoga practice. But what does yoga in a broader sense actually mean and what was the meaning of yoga in history? 

Let’s be curious and take a closer look at the meaning of the word yoga. Yoga means to yoke, or to unite. This unison has a different meaning for different people, from uniting the mind and body, connecting mind and spirit or being in harmony with our internal world and external environment. We could simply say that the reason we practice yoga is to create unity in the body and mind and to be aware that everything is connected. 

Patanjali explains in the in the second Sutra of the Yoga Sutras the purpose of yoga practice: “Yogas chitta vritti nirodhah”, which means that yoga is the “stilling of the fluctuations of the mind”. By identifying with the fluctuations of the mind, life can be like a whirlwind, pushing and pulling us in different directions. When we identify with our thoughts and mind states, we might act in some ways that are not helpful for our stability, well-being or enjoyment of life. 

When we practice yoga and meditation, we can observe and become aware of these fluctuations, rather than identify with them. When we are aware and present, we are able to see that our thoughts are ever changing and fleeting from moment to moment. Being present and aware on our mat, makes us able to be more present and aware when we step off the mat. And off the mat is where the true yoga begins, so we can be at peace within ourselves and in harmony with the world around us, regardless of where the wind is blowing. 

 

 



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Loving my new FLXBL mat

I just received my FLXBL Uplifting Orange Yoga Mat, and loving it so far!
In my practice at home, I use it on top of my regular yoga mat. I'm excited for the summer to come and to be able to take it outside with me!
Thanks FLXBL!

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Beste Françoise, fijn dat de mat goed bevalt! :) De gladheid heeft te maken met kou en buiten/droge handen. Je moet goed opgewarmd zijn voor goede grip. Je hebt inderdaad de 'zwaardere' variant van ons gekregen, namelijk de 2mm ter promotie en dat is nog de oude collectie. Inmiddels hebben we de FLXBL geupgrade naar een lichtere versie van 1.5mm past net iets makkelijker in je tas. De kwaliteit is hetzelfde! Enjoy your practice!

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I love my FLXBL yoga mat, I take it on holidays and weekends away. At home, I use it on top of my carpet for extra softness. Sometimes I have to spray the mat a bit to get some extra grip, but once you're sweaty from a workout, it works like a charm! Can't wait for the spring and summer weather: I'll bring my mat outside in the park to practice!

Prachtige, mega handige yogamat!

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