Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Beyond the Pose


I hear countless times: "I would love to try Yoga but I'm not flexible enough". And yes, with some of the photos you see floating around on Social Media of beautiful women, bending themselves into some advanced(and beautiful) postures, it's hard to break the cycle of not having to be flexible to do yoga. If you have a body, you can do Yoga. If you can breath then you can do Yoga. Yoga is a journey. Whether you are first starting out strictly for the physical perks of yoga(the very popular "Yoga butt"). You are on a journey to becoming the best version of yourself that you can possibly be. 

Stepping onto the mat, you are surrendering yourself. You are taking the time to breath, move and release. It's a moving meditation. You will feel yourself getting stronger, but the real work is what is going on in the inside of your body. You are moving and breathing, you are releasing endorphins that will make you happier, you are stretching which will release tension in your muscles and joints. The Breathing Techniques will release stress, anxiety and even aid depression. That chaotic day you had at work will most likely become a distant memory after your practice. Or perhaps that argument you had with your friend, spouse or loved one will have you looking at things with a different perspective. Maybe you'll even learn to let go of everything that doesn't serve you positively. You'll learn to let go of that hard work day once it's over. Maybe you'll learn to not react to that driver that cut you off.  Yoga goes far beyond the pose. What you are learning on the mat: Following the breath, listening to the body, observing; That will eventually transcend off the mat into your daily life.

Yoga does not discriminate against age, weight or flexibility. Yoga has an open heart that will welcome anyone with open arms who wants to take their first step to discovering their best selves.

Yoga is the journey of the self,

through the self,
 to the self. – The Bhagavad Gita.
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