Let Yoga be your guide to strength and relaxation!
If you were asked to describe a mountain, what words would you use? Powerful? Peaceful? Beautiful? Solid? Spectacular? Of course there may are many others, but you get the idea. Some may find mountains intimidating, imposing, and insurmountable yet most would agree that mountains could be described as strong and unwavering.
Tadasana, or Mountain Pose, provides the foundation for all standing poses in yoga. From the unknowing eye, standing in Mountain Pose might look like you are just standing there. But it is so much more than that. Mountain Pose can improve balance, posture, and focus as you stand with your feet firmly planted, your muscles lengthened, and the top of your head reaching toward the sky. As you focus on your alignment and concentrate on the pose, your breaths can deepen releasing tension and developing a state of relaxation.
For some, yoga can be as intimidating as a mountain and fear may prevent them from ever trying it. Others believe they must be flexible to do yoga, when in fact yoga can be a great way to improve flexibility.
I truly enjoy my yoga practice and find it offers many benefits to my health and my life. I do call it my "practice" as there really is no end to the yoga journey. You may master a pose, but there are always more poses to learn. You may learn different breathing techniques, but there will always be situations and occurrences in which you forget to use what you have learned. That's the beauty of yoga, it is never about perfection and always about the process.
People who have not tried yoga often describe it as some type of meditation and a lot of stretching into seemingly impossible poses. There is some truth to this description, but yoga is a lot more than that. Yoga gives you the opportunity to understand your body and it's capabilities and provides you with the tools to settle your thoughts and bring your mind and body together into one being.
Yoga provides multiple health benefits and can be utilized to meet any health and lifestyle goals. You can participate in a yoga class or practice on your own - though I do recommend some initial instruction. You can do it for 15 minutes or 60 minutes, whatever time allows, and still improve the well-being of your mind and body. You can do it seated, standing, with props, without props; your yoga practice is unique to you and can be modified to meet your needs, goals, and abilities.
If I still haven't convinced you to try yoga, or to return to your practice, here are some more health benefits:
To me, the health benefits of yoga are a bonus; what I appreciate most about yoga is the time it offers me to unplug from the world and reconnect with myself. I finish my practice feeling stronger both physically and mentally and with a deeper sense of connectedness to the people and the world around me.
No matter your age, fitness level, health, or flexibility, yoga has something to offer everyone. Why not give it a try?
Better Life, Better Health, Better You!