International Women’s Day 2020: What Does Yoga Mean to You? 


This yr’s International Ladies’s Day theme is #eachforequal; We’re all elements of a complete and our actions as people can begin a ripple impact and affect our environment and the folks we meet each single day. At Yogamatters we needed to shine a lightweight on a bunch of girls who take the duty of getting a optimistic affect very significantly and the superb work they do for his or her group.

We imagine strongly in each the facility of a single particular person with a ardour and a function AND the transformational energy of yoga, so we requested these unbelievable girls  what yoga means to them.

Allyson Williamson

Yogamatters buyer and founding father of Mimi’s yoga


Yoga is valuable self-care.

Yoga is a stupendous mixture of breath and motion, coupled with the method of going inward to replicate, nourish and develop in significant, transformative methods. Yoga can actually be life-saving. I got here to yoga by a again harm and I instantly fell in love with the best way you open and shut the physique, pushing past what you are able to do to discover your private edge – all whereas enhancing steadiness, flexibility and energy. However it’s so rather more than that: yoga cultivates self-awareness, self-regulation and time to quietly ponder your observe and set private targets. Once I’m on the mat, I really feel at residence. Yoga has helped me enhance physique confidence and acceptance, to construct empathy and resilience and it has additionally helped me foster friendships and pleasure within the yoga group. Yoga to me is love!!!

Elizabeth Stanley

Proprietor, The Life Centre and Yogacampus


Yoga permits me to see the potential of issues

Yoga for me is how I plug into common knowledge, instinct and perception to give me the talents to navigate life with grace and compassion. It permits me to see the inter-connectedness and potential of issues and likewise how to “be” with the unhealthy occasions in life with a perspective of how that have and ache sits inside a much bigger complete, giving it that means.

Laura Wilson

Director at Edinburgh Community Yoga Centre

Yoga means coming residence

Yoga means coming residence to myself. It means creating house to go inwards and join to the quiet figuring out a part of myself that has at all times been there and on the identical time to each dwelling factor within the universe!Yoga is the chance to unfurl and take up my house, to really feel alive and unapologetic, expansive and grounded. Yoga means humbly recognizing my energy. 

Ruth Delahunty

Yoga Instructor and Founding father of Yogaru


Aware connections

Yoga is greater than the time I spend on my mat. It’s the residue of the observe I carry with me for the day that helps me dwell an excellent life with function, self consciousness and consciousness of the world round me.

Niché Faulkner

Yoga Instructor and voice for feminine empowHERment 


Yoga is self care, Yoga is steadiness, Yoga is remedy, Yoga is a ReUP

Yoga is the breathe I take to ease into and out of the bullshit that the world locations on me every day. As a brown yogi, yoga provides me freedom to launch from societal norms in addition to floor down right into a world that doesn’t see me as worthy of belonging. 

Drishti permits me to set my sights on these issues that matter and breathe permits me to exhale all the different bullshit away. 

Every observe provides me the prospect to ReUP: reset, refill, replenish, renew my spirit in order that I can dwell to LIVE one other day. 

Yoga permits me to be Niché (KneeShay)

Harriet McAtee

Yoga Instructor and CEO of Yoga Quota 


Yoga means coming residence

For me, yoga means coming residence to myself, studying about my physique & thoughts, cultivating new understandings and views on my relationships and the world. Yoga permits me to extra absolutely inhabit my physique and higher serve my group.

Davina Davidson

Yoga trainer and founding father of the Melanin Yoga Project


Yoga is an expedition

Yoga is the journey by the self to the Self. This definition resonates with me because it encompasses the method of Self discovery. It captures the whirling of the ideas and the choices we make due to our ideas. It’s the means of being self reflective by the 4 locks and keys. It’s a lovely reminder {that a} journey will not be at all times linear nonetheless should you want to see the “factor” on the opposite aspect of the journey you should be persistent. Considered one of my favourite notions  from Patanjali’s Sutras is you should observe for a very long time, with out break, and with enthusiasm. What would you do to see and know the Divine intimately?!?!

Pippa Richardson

Yoga Instructor and Founding father of The Girlness Project 


Yoga is the quiet, in-between moments that ask us to really feel.

For me, yoga offers a framework to discover consciousness – each within the bodily physique and the psyche. It’s a software to discover embodiment and affords a chance to get inquisitive about the best way I inhabit the bodily container of my physique – the place that we name ‘residence’. As consciousness within the physique and thoughts deepen, so too does our connection to Self. Yoga has offered me a higher skill to self-regulate and a wider capability for connection, each with myself and with others. 

The observe has grow to be a big useful resource in my life. It has paved the best way for a extra tender and compassionate way of life, being and relating. I believe yoga teaches us how to self-support (bodily and psychologically) and critically, how to additionally ‘take up’ help from a wider system when it’s wanted (whether or not that’s from the bottom or from an different).

It’s a profound and but in some ways easy observe, that asks us to gently collect our consideration ‘in’. That is the place the ‘yoga’ is. Within the quiet, in-between moments that ask us to really feel. Once we are courageous and supported sufficient to do that, we are able to be taught to ‘be with’ the total spectrum of our human expertise. Yoga units the bottom in order that progress, therapeutic and transformation can start. 

Pamela Stokes

Yoga Therapist, Director of Yoga2Sleep and Co-Founding father of Retreat to Spirit 


Yoga means service and compassion, first in the direction of myself after which with others.

To me, Yoga means service and compassion, first in the direction of myself after which with others. It implies that I could be myself. It implies that I could be caught in site visitors with out getting my panties twisted. It means I can relate to household and mates higher. It means I can lose one thing with out dropping something. It means the Universe is way nearer and extra accessible to me. It means my spirit is lighter and open. It means my coronary heart is expansive. It means I perceive concern and anger higher.  It means I do my work. It means compassion 24/7.

Kallie Schut

Yoga trainer dedicated to range, physique optimistic, accessible & inclusive yoga.


Yoga is each the non-public and political for me

As an anti racist and social justice activist, yoga is each the non-public and political for me – there isn’t a separation between you and I, there isn’t a distance from my yoga mat to my place on the planet.

In yoga we search to attempt in the direction of liberation, union and concord as religious beings – and on a political stage as human beings, we attempt in the direction of honouring, inclusion and fairness.

We’re a part of the entire with out separation – so there isn’t a motion with out consequence;  no appropriation or oppression with out hurt; no private transformation with out social, cultural and political change.

No matter occurs on the yoga mat for the person self inevitably has a ripple or seismic impact on the world by which we dwell.  Within the phrases of 15th century Indian poet, Kabir,“Because the river surrenders itself to the ocean, what’s inside me strikes inside you”.

Collectively, let’s be the change we wish to see on the planet.

Emma Leafe

Founding father of Ume Collection 


Yoga is a portal, or a doorway

Once I started a devoted yoga observe round 2005, a fellow yogi & trainer in coaching, seeing I used to be working towards commonly, mentioned to me ‘ should you maintain doing yoga, step by step your life will change in methods you may’t even think about’ … I now look again over these 15 years and might clearly see how my life really did fall into alignment with the knowledge that was shared – and it continues to evolve, by the observe of all facets of yoga.

Twanna Doherty

Managing Director of Yogamatters


Yoga is connection

Yoga is my anchor, supporting and inspiring me to maintain nonetheless, be quiet, hear, really feel and open up; then, and solely then, am I authentically linked with myself. On this place of calm I discover unity and all method of issues are doable.


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