FIVE REASONS TO PRACTICE YOGA

Reason #1: Feel at Home in Your Own Skin

Asana practice is a wonderful elixir for greater ease and wellbeing.  As if by some miracle, a well designed asana class can dramatically reduce body pain and impart optimism.  The Asana practice is now a national trend that has found its way into schools, prisons, corporate institutions and hospitals.  Why? Quite simple, it works.

Reason #2: It’s Cheaper Than Therapy

Poor mental health seems to be a growing epidemic, particularly among the younger generations.  Never has there been so many choices and so little guidance.  What’s more, we have become increasingly divorced from the natural world and the presence it instills.  It’s no wonder that people have become increasingly depressed and confused.  

Yoga practice can significantly offset stress and anxiety.  If you go to a 60 minute yoga class, suddenly your problems seem less consuming because of the healing salve that’s created to last another 24 hours. There is an immediate visceral benefit to practicing.

A regular yoga practice gives you the tools to manage your mental health and it’s cheaper than therapy.  

Reason #3: Embody a Yogic Life

Yoga is not just a final destination – to live in communion with the Source. We can bring the spirit of yoga to any actions we perform, such as parenting, watering the garden, making lunch and meditating.  In that sense, the journey is the destination.

Yoga removes the veils that obstruct our ability to see clearly and perceive one life path or dharma.  A dharmic life is a life that is good for one’s self and for others. A dharmic life gradually leads one down the path of greater fulfillment and meaningful contribution, which is something everyone wants at their core. A dharmic life sets the stage for spiritual development and an ethical platform from which to grow into our deeper potential.  A dharmic life supports us in living more skillfully and with less friction.

“My Life is My Message.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

Reason #4: Supportive Association

Yoga practice helps you to connect with people who value health and wellbeing. Most people who practice yoga appreciate the importance of improving themselves and living more consciously. An immediate and common resonance easily arises between fellow practitioners.

The Sanskrit word for the fellowship of yogis is satsang.  It literally means “in the company of truth”.  Satsang is keeping the company of those who share similar paths and aspirations. Satsang members knowingly, or unknowingly lift one another up through their association.  Spending more time in yoga circles can contribute greatly to your social and personal wellbeing.

Reason #5: A Grand and Noble Project

In the grandest sense, yoga has more to do with spiritual development than it has to do with getting one’s heels to the floor, like in dog pose.  Yoga is the quest to discover our inner essence, or soul that’s a place free from any agitation.  As such, the process of our life is a continual yoga.

How do we live in alignment with our highest principles?  Every thought, every word, and every action is an opportunity to draw closer to yoga’s deeper intent.  It is a grand and noble project.