Redefining strength

When it comes to yoga, most of us immediately think of flowing movements, gentle tunes and fairy-like 22-year-olds floating past in tight-fitting yoga pants. Strength, on the other hand, is thought to be found in body-pumping fitness studios with sweaty, muscle-packed guys.

Or is it? What if we’ve got it all wrong, and TRUE STRENGTH is something altogether different? At Flex, we believe that true strength lies in the willingness to challenge ourselves, wherever we are, being committed to our personal growth and transcending our self-imposed limitations. It looks different to everyone; for a single mum it can be juggling the demands of her kids, ex-partner and workplace; for a busy executive it can be to switch off and be still. For all of us, in a multi-media world, being truly present takes conscious effort and willpower.

The ancient Sanskrit word ‘yoga’ means ‘to link’, ‘to unite’ or ‘to connect’. The aim is to connect with our Higher Self – the eternal part of ourselves that holds our potential, the blueprint of who we truly are. As our yoga practice progresses, we can observe ourselves shed layer upon layer of that-which-we-are-not. As we let go of misconstrued ideas about our limitations, we can see our true nature shine through, our unique gifts and abilities that are meant to be shared with the world.

In yoga, true strength isn’t about gaining muscle mass, or a lean physique. Rather, strength is in the daily practice of committing to yourself, balancing your mind and being willing to let go of what no longer serves you - whether expressed though the flexibility to touch our toes, the self-discipline to master a headstand, or the willingness to be truly present in the moment. On the road to self-mastery, we can only ever start where we are at.

If you are looking for daily strong Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga classes, inspiring workshops, or to take your yoga to a whole new level by training as a qualified Yoga Teacher (RYT-200 and RYT-500 track), we would love to welcome you.

Words by Cameron Brown

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