The art of yoga has been around for over 5,000 years, with its roots firmly planted in the regions of India. The physical, mental and spiritual attributes of yoga have been examined for thousands of years and the overarching benefits have been proven time and time again. There are many purposes for incorporating yoga into one’s practice: mediation, enlightenment, physical strength, conditioning, increasing balance and flexibility. Everyone has different approaches to integrating yoga into their lives: some practice it daily while others take a more sporadic approach. Furthermore, some use it to strive towards enlightenment by meditating daily, learning how to find inner peace and stillness, while others lean on yoga as a form of exercise, relying on the different forms of yoga as a way to increase their strength, flexibility, stamina. However you choose to build yoga into your life is completely up to you – there is no right or wrong way to practice.
The beauty of yoga is that it can be accomplished in any setting – at home, in a gym, on the beach. Furthermore, you don’t have to be an expert in the practice to understand its benefits. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, you will always find new ways to increase your practice. Understanding how to move with your body, how to go deeper into a pose, how to balance longer or how to control your breath, can all be improved upon with each session. Your body will also change with your practice. Flexibility and strength will improve, definition in your core and major muscle groups will become more defined. Being more in tune with your subconscious, more in-line with your spiritual nature, will become clearer, sharper and you will experience moments of pure calm, pure zen.
As you continue your practice, you will find new ways to push your boundaries, new ways to challenge yourself and what you think is possible. Finding different ways to incorporate yoga into your daily routine will become clearer. Meditating in the morning will allow for you to start your day with a clear conscious and in a state of calm. Learning how to manage your breathing will help you in times of pure stress and calamity – allowing you to remain calm under pressure. If you are unsure of how to incorporate yoga into your life, fear not! There are numerous books, websites, yoga studios that are filled with all the necessary insights and motivation you need to get started. Try taking a beginner’s class to get your feet wet. Commit yourself to one class a month and then build from there. Take a friend, your mom, your significant other and see how you feel afterwards. The desire to continue growing in your practice will most likely take hold and then you will find yourself practicing whenever and wherever you can. Don’t be afraid to try a new class, a new position, a new approach to your practice – I guarantee you won’t regret it. And who knows, maybe soon enough you’ll be a yogi yourself…namaste!