Okay first of all, lets face it. There are dozens of reasons why people start Yoga.
I’m giving you the big broad strokes here. As a Yoga instructor I meet lots of people who come into Yoga with the idea of losing weight. And this is true, but I always tell my clients that it’s not the be-all-end-all of the Yoga experience.
Yoga originates from the root word ‘Yug’ which means to join together or to yoke. Yoga in essence is the union of the mind, body and spirit. It seeks to work simultaneously on the body and the mind bring to reveal your best self.
You’re probably thinking, that’s kind of vague Kavin. Can you explain? Yes.
In 3 reasons, here goes:
1) A fitter, healthier You
Yoga asanas (postures) do many things. One of which is help regulate the body’s weigh efficiently. Asana practice makes one’s physique more agile, balanced, filled with vitality and enduring.
Regular practice also reduces fatigue and soothes the nerves. Muscle-building exercises and cardiovascular exercises are great but without introducing flexibility into your training as found in asanas one’s fitness regime may be incomplete in the long run.
2) Keep Calm and Do Yoga
By regular practice of yoga postures, meditation and pranayama you’ll notice a new you emerge more resilient to everyday problems. One of the most profound things I learnt in my personal experience over the past few years was an understanding that we are all consciousness expressing itself in human form and that everything is ACTUALLY going really well for us. There isn’t anything to worry about in the greater scheme of things.
You can’t change your past but you can ruin your future by losing sight of the present. I’ve found that with my practice I’ve started looking at life in a more macro view and that really takes the pressure out of things.
3) Be more YOU
My personal favorite reason for doing Yoga is that it allows me to be more of who I am. I love that you start to conform less to everybody else’s pre-conceived notion of what’s acceptable and what’s not. I’ve also felt more comfortable in my own body, and you accept yourself for who you really are and your ability to be MORE.
In some ways, Yoga is looking at life through the eyes of a child again and realizing that the world (and the universe at large) is pretty awesome and that maybe, we’re just here to enjoy the view. 🙂