Have you ever heard some one say that yoga is for everyone? I've heard it more times then I can count. I know, I probably hear it more because I'm wrapped up in the world of yoga. But seriously guys, it is for all of us! The practice is ancient, and it has been healing and transforming people's lives for centuries. However, for those who haven't approached this practice before, it can seem religious or questionable. The asanas (physical practice), can be intimidating and difficult - we twist, turn, and bend our bodies in ways that some have never though possible; not to mention, a quarter of the words we say are in a different language (sanskrit). I totally get it - why would you put yourself through all of that ?
It's the science. Okay, so if we set the chanting, the mantras, the dharma talks and the philosophy aside, just for now, you'll find that the practical benefits of moving the body and breathing in this way are endless. We now have conclusive scientific evidence to explain how and why there are physical, emotional and mental benefits that result from practicing yoga! You can reduce stress, the leading cause of illness in Americans. You can build a stronger body, calm the mind and increase your levels of happiness. More over, the benefits include improved brain function and denser bones, as well as immune health, improved nervous system functioning and strength. The list is pretty substantial.
So if you have patience with your body and mind for the first few practices, you'll find that the all of this yoga really works; and eventually (not too far down the beginning of the yoga road) you'll want to go back to your mat more and more! The only way to begin, is to begin!
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"Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one's being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga means union -- the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one's actions." - B.K.S. Iyengar