What it means to be a yogi

Maybe this is the wrong title for this post. I’ve been thinking lately what separates yogis to non-yogis. The more I practice, the more I realise that yoga is about what you do outside of the mat. I would say that the yoga we do on the mat, keeps transforming us and changes us outside of the yoga classroom.

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Of course, there are many different types of yoga and yogis. There is no one way of doing it correctly and we all have different experiences to this. For me, the biggest impact with yoga is how we start to reflect on life. What does it mean that I’m alive? What are we doing here, or what shall I be spending time doing. What do I not like to do, what do I love to do. This kind of thoughts. It’s like a purification in life where we constantly continue to ask questions.
Now maybe some people think we shouldn’t ask these questions as they make us unhappy and we might feel stuck. I think all of this is just in the mind, if you want to feel stuck, you will be stuck. It’s almost like being a teenager again, feeling things so strongly and rediscover one’s identity that I thought was rooted. The older I get, I sometimes feel that I’m a dinosaur. Just rooted, eating the leaves of the trees that are around and just waiting for that asteroid to kill me. 
Now maybe some people think we shouldn’t ask these questions as they make us unhappy and we might feel stuck. I think all of this is just in the mind, if you want to feel stuck, you will be stuck. It’s almost like being a teenager again, feeling things so strongly and rediscover one’s identity that I thought was rooted. The older I get, I sometimes feel that I’m a dinosaur. Just rooted, eating the leaves of the trees that are around and just waiting for that asteroid to kill me. 
Yoga makes me question if I really am a dinosaur. Why am I eating these leaves? Maybe I’m not a dinosaur but more of a bird? So I go out on a limb, retransform and start to explore life from another angle. 
I can see myself how I’ve changed, not in the everyday life but when something bad happens. When I would normally be angry, stressed our nervous, I have discovered this inner calm in me. Maybe it was all the time there, I just forgot that I had it. Also, I started to believe more in myself. Before I would think that I couldn’t do certain things. Maybe it’s too late or not worth it. I’m too old or I should be doing something else. 
But no, we should do things that make us happy. And when you struggle and fall on that mat, that’s just a representation of life, how do you react to new challenges and when you fall? For me being a yogi, also means having a lot of compassion, and peace. Not as peace on earth, although that would be nice, but more like inner peace. Like in Kung Fu Panda if you have seen that. Sometimes nasty things come up that we want to forget. But we work through it, peel off every layer we have to discover our true self. 
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