What Makes It Yoga
It is an interesting and curious thing to ponder the link between the body and the mind.
Yoga introduces us to this relationship in a most beautiful and poignant way,
allowing for any and every possibility to arise as we begin to discover ourselves.
The Heart of Yoga is this investigation. It is an exploration of all that we are: muscles and bones, organs and glands, the digestive, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and nervous systems, and the energy that directs the show.
In a Yoga practice, we use our bodies to explore all that we are - our physical bodies, our thoughts, our emotions, and our reactions to all that we find. We learn the practice of patience as we hold the poses and breathe through the resistance that we find. We get to watch our thoughts as we do this, and thereby learn about how we relate to ourselves and the world around us. We learn to drop judgments, competition, and the need for perfection. We learn to be ok with what and who we are right here, right now.
Yoga practice provides us with a format for health and well being that is unparalleled. It is based on a 5,000 year old tradition that addresses us as whole beings: our body as it relates to our mind and how we view ourselves; our diet and how we participate with our emotional patterns; our actions and how we relate to the people around us, and it does all this in a peaceful, non-competitive way.
Yoga is both nurturing and challenging. Your practice may feel like a warm hug and a cold wake-up call all at the same time. You will feel relieved, energized, awakened, and supremely relaxed all at the same time. You will feel the effects of your practice long afterwards, and in many different ways.
Yoga is both a very personal and a very global practice. The exercises wake us up to a different perspective, and give us a beautiful place from which to view the world and our contributions to it. Through the yoga poses, breathing, meditation, and lifestyle techniques, you will meet your life in an entirely new way.