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Yoga Lowdown, What Will Yoga Practice Bring to Me?
August 12, 2014

What Will Yoga Practice Bring to Me?

A question that I am asked over and over is: “What will Yoga Practice bring to me?”

First of all it is an opportunity to do something good for yourself, to open your body and to open your mind to new possibilities. A regular yoga practice counteracts the effects of stress, relieving tension headaches and insomnia. Fatigue will be reduced and you will have increased energy throughout the day. Enhanced feelings of independence and there is nothing like your first handstand to build self confidence, strength and stamina.

From Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras we are given the definition of yoga: योगश्चित्तवृत्तिनिरोधः ॥२॥ yogaś-citta-vṛtti-nirodhaḥ ||2|| Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind. –translation by BKS Iyengar

The purpose of the asana (postures) is to open the body to expand the mind, to open the tense areas of the body to make one comfortable to sit still and eventually meditate without distraction. When practicing asana the mind becomes concentrated on the actions involved and other thoughts float away. I like to say that Yoga is the opposite of multitasking.

The second most asked question is “How do I get my husband/boyfriend/brother to practice yoga?”

It is interesting that more men do not practice yoga an art and science that was once forbidden to women. Maybe some of the points above will convince them that there is more to yoga then touching toes.

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Marj Rash
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