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Cat Meffan

International Yoga Day

On December 11th last year, it was declared that June 21st 2015 would become the first ever International Yoga Day, a day also known as summer solstice… oh and Father’s Day. It’s a busy one, but with this date just one sleep away, I wanted to write a little post about how yoga has become so important to me and why I’ll be doing my teacher training later this year with YogaLondon.

When Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, addressed the UN General Assembly last year, he said:

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness within yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”

This could not be more true and more perfectly put. Over the past three years, yoga has slowly but surely become a huge part of my life. If you read my yoga journey blog post, then you’ll know I’ve gone from yoga-noob (yoob?!) to total yoga keeno (yeeno), and I’ve still got so much to learn. If not, give it a little read after reading this. 🙂

international yoga day

Yoga is the practice I turn to for pretty much everything. Whether I’m having a bad day and need to let some emotion or anger float away or if I’m extremely happy and want to put that into movement, yoga is there. Through yoga I’ve become more conscious not only of my mind and body, but of the world around me, the earth and the people on it. It’s helped me connect with parts of my mind and spirit I didn’t even know existed and on top of all of this there’s the added bonus of it keeping me strong, physically and mentally.

international yoga day

Because of everything I mentioned above I decided earlier this year that I wanted to deepen my knowledge of the art and take my teacher training course. I’ll be embarking upon this next phase of my yoga journey this October and I really can’t wait. I chose to do my course with YogaLondon because, whilst respecting the tradition of yoga, they accept and encourage their pupils to find their own authentic style of teaching; something I know from going to many classes, with many different teachers, is so important.

international yoga day

Whether I go on to teach classes, run yoga brunch events or teach at retreats, I’m not too sure yet. I feel that my yoga future is bright and opportunities will come along. Right now, it’s all about challenging myself to learn something new and broaden my understanding of this artistic practice that I’ve come to love.

I’d love for you all to follow my journey both on here and on Instagram.

Come and find me! 🙂 x