Doing Yoga Vs. Becoming a Yogi

Doing Yoga Vs. Becoming a Yogi
Many Egyptians are currently practicing the ancient art of Yoga. Yoga postures are being modeled throughout the capital of Cairo by the young and the restless, some believe that they are mastering the practice.
Speaking of master would be foolish, for we are far away from its realities. But let’s talk about becoming a Yogi and what that really means?
At one point in my life, I also felt excited for being able to master challenging postures like head stands, back bends, should stands or crow pose. And my excitement translated into snapping and sharing intriguing photos of these difficult to postures.

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Can you slow down your breath to 4 breaths per minute while standing in a
challenging pose? Then, you are becoming a Yogi.
What I did not know back then, was that Yoga goes beyond perfecting the pose. For it is really about the connection between the breath and the pose. Consider for example the pace of your breath whilst in a challenging pose. Can you slow down your breath to 4 breaths per minute while standing in a
challenging pose?
Then, you are becoming a Yogi.
The next question is, can you slow down your breath to 4 breaths per minute while you are in an extremely stressful real life situation? Like a heated confrontation? During long traffic hours? When you hear of some
chaos like death, war, losing a job, or illness?
If you can, then, you are becoming a Yogi.
For a real life problem is nothing but a challenging pose.
The third question is how quickly you can relax yourself by yourself? And by relaxation, I do not mean relying on external stimulants such as  beer, cigarette, or watching TV. But lying down on your back and breathing long and deep while consciously feeling each and every part of your body that is tense and relaxing them by
directing the breath and through visualization.
If you can, then, you are becoming a Yogi.
The fourth question is how slowly you can eat and take pleasure in chewing food into tiny increments and devouring the juices before swallowing each bite?
If you can, then, you are becoming a Yogi.
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The fifth question concerns your mind and thoughts. Did you know that the mind expels around 70,000 thoughts per day?
So the question is, to what extent are these thoughts propelling you into action?
Can you discriminate between a thought and an emotion?
Do you have the will power to put the breaks on yourself from reacting
impulsively?
Can you make links between your emotions and subconscious patterns stored in your cell memory linked to past trauma, memories and stories?
 Such an awareness and understanding provides you with the wisdom and clarity to know how to let these things go so that they do not run your life for you.
If you can, then, you are becoming a Yogi.
The final question will indicate whether you have attained the highest form of yoga.
Are you ready?
Can you sit at the dinner table with family, whether its your husband or wife, mother or father, aunts or uncles and have insurmountable and contagious internal peace given the inherent gaps and differences in the ways you think, act and live your life?
If you can, then, you are becoming a Yogi.
So next time you’re on the Yoga mat, remember where the post is taking you. And that is the path of a real Yogi.
Peace, Love and Light,
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