There are many “doors” through which each one of us comes to yoga. Mine was through the door marked “spiritual quest”. However many the doors may be, the common element among them is the aspect of “seeking”. I have trained in various forms of yoga with different teachers; all of them influencing my teaching and practice in different ways. My personal practice and what I teach is mainly Iyengar inspired yoga, which emphasis proper alignment.
Lately, I have been spending my study and practice time focusing on yoga as therapy, and use what I am learning to help students in their daily practice and to assist my massage and myofascial therapy clients in their well-being.
One common interpretation of the word Yoga, is “union.” Union occurs on many different levels for the yogi, with the ultimate union being the realization of the joining of the individual spirit with the great cosmic spirit.
There are various brand names for yoga, however, they all have roots in Hatha Yoga. Hatha yoga involves the physical practices of asana (yoga postures), Pranayama (control of breath and energy), Bandhas (muscular locks), Mudras (seals and gestures), Kriyas (internal cleanings techniques), philosophies and meditations. When practiced intelligently, yoga has extraordinary benefits on many levels, physically, mentally and spiritually.
Yoga goes beyond exercise. Yoga is a life long journey to inner transformation and is more than a “once-a-week” class. The ancient wisdom of yoga can be easily incorporated into daily life to provide the foundation of healthy living and inner peace:
Some benefits of yoga include:
- A calm body and mind
- Increased energy levels
- Improved strength, stamina and flexibility
- Stimulation and balancing of internal organs
- Prevention of chronic health problems
I am grateful to all my teachers – past and present- for generously sharing their knowledge and encouraging me to continue seeking and growing.