“Mind, Body, Spirit – Consciousness in Motion”; In yoga these 3 dimensions are united and cannot be clearly separated. Rooted in Indian Philosophy, and believed to be over 5000 years old, yoga is an ancient method of relaxation, regarded by many as a spiritual experience. In general the practice has been passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth, and from teacher to student. Although many people still view yoga as a practice reserved for spirtual seekers looking for inner peace, yoga has rapidly been embraced by many individuals worldwide as an alternative or additional way to increase strength, endurance and body tone.  In addition, Yoga is a path of growth, self-discovery and self-transformation. It is not always an easy process; we encounter our own patterns, obstacles and doubts along the way. While growing in your yoga, the feedback you receive by listening to your own inner voice, as well as by mentors and respected instructors, studying and practice,  show you places where you can expand and challenge yourself in order to grow.  Yoga is often practiced by healthy individuals with the aim to achieve relaxation, strength, fitness and a healthy lifestyle. It is increasingly being incorporated into the interdiscipilnary field of Mind-Body Medicine, including Yoga Therapy, incorporating behavioral techniques for health and wellness, whose popularity is increasingly growing. Some approaches include relaxation, meditation, yoga, physical body, mind, spirit practice and guided imagery, all being the subject of increasing research.

Yoga has no political or religious boundaries. Anyone can practice yoga regardless of age, sex or physical condition. If a person is interested in beginning regular yoga practice, it is probably best to seek out a class with a teacher who can provide guidance and instruction so that your initial experiences with yoga are positive ones. There are a wide variety of yoga classes currently available.

 You may practice alone, aka daily home practice, or anywhere that suits your practice, or with a group. 

There is no end to self-development.  It’s work, step by step.  The gift of yoga is you don’t have to jump to the top of the ladder.  Take the first step. Don’t worry about the last step. What presents itself to you is the next step.  Then the next step becomes obvious.  But if you try to figure out how to get to the top, you may become discouraged and go away”.     –Gary Kraftsow, Yoga for Self-Transoformation

“In widening our circle of practice we learn the art of honoring life in each encounter, moment by moment and person by person.  This is not an idealistic practice but an immediate one” –Jack Kornfield, A Path With Heart

More to come