Yoga has been in practice for over 5,000 years and was originated by men, the primary practitioners of this art. Although current trends show more women attracted to this activity, a revitalization and interest by men of this activity is occurring. It may seem mysterious to those uneducated about its use, so I want to show how this practice can bring more benefit into your life than you ever thought possible.
Mainly yoga was developed to open the body and clear your mind. Yoga helps unify the physical emotional and spiritual body. Just remember it is a practice meant to help all parts of yourself into union (yoga). Confusing for some, are the different styles, practices, and positions created to achieve this union of mind, body spirit. Each yoga teacher will put her/his own spin on the postures and practices so we often find a resonance more with one teacher than another. This has been my experience over the last 40 years where I have dabbled in doing different asana (posture) in a class. Truly there is no right/wrong way; yoga just is…. And I have embraced it for the joy as well as the challenge of keeping my physical body in good form.
Meditation in Motion
Yoga is also called “meditation in motion”. During a practice of yoga, the teacher will remind the student to move into position and breathe deeply and slowly. It matters not whether the posture is “right”; it matters that you ease into a position and breath! Breathe and be mindful. I find this to be so beneficial as long as I let go of judgements. Self-talk can be too harsh sometimes.
I find yoga to truly be an exercise in mindfulness. The longer I practice yoga the more I become one with myself and Spirit. When I become one with myself my yoga gets easier. One flows into the other. So if you have been curious about starting a practice, start with a class with an instructor you like, there are some online practices that will give you a good feel about it.
If it does not seem just right, seek out other teachers. I have loved some and returned again and again, and others who I avoid. Find your right teacher, time of day, and perfect place (which may be at home). Then begin.
Now this may be a dare for you. Are you carrying some myths about such a practice? If this is true, then I invite you to consider the well documented facts around yoga.
- Increased flexibility.
- Increased muscle strength and tone.
- Improved respiration, energy and vitality.
- Maintaining a balanced metabolism.
- Weight reduction.
- Cardio and circulatory health.
- Improved athletic performance.
- Protection from injury.
- Helps the body heal itself.
- Helps a person manage stress.
- Mental clarity and calmness.
- Improved self-awareness.
- Helps you to explore your limits (your dare).
- Helps you become in tune with your inner self.
Give yourself a loving push to begin in earnest your yoga practice or step up your current practice. This is one of the best activities you can do for self-care. There are enormous choices at your fingertips and you can begin at any level. Just keep it going to receive all the benefits.
Local Yoga Studios:
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