Top Ten Reasons We Practice Yoga
10. Embrace reality – Yoga teaches non-attachment (not to be confused with indifference). Accept that life is impermanent. The problem is not that things change but that we try to live as if they don’t. Accepting that all things change frees us to be fully present.
9. Free your mind – Most days we give our bodies rest, but even as the body is quiet the mind continues to spin with activity. Yoga gives the mind permission to be empty and quiet.
8. Learn to mono-task – As masters of multi-tasking, we are addicted to variety. Yoga postures give us the opportunity to focus on ONE effort; opening the mind and body.
7. Focus inward – Learn to exist on an island of calm within a chaotic world.
6. Soothe stress – Yoga requires us to slow down which is easy for some and near impossible for others. Learn to experience an emotion without becoming the emotion. We cannot change the level of stress we encounter but we can modify our response to it.
5. Lengthen and strengthen muscles – Most exercise creates short, bulky muscles. Yoga challenges muscles while they are lengthened to create strong muscles with less bulk and more flexibility.
4. See yourself in the mirror – Each breath, each movement reflects to us who we are and how we are from moment to moment. The postures teach us about ourselves; makers on the map of the soul.
3. Accept yourself – We all share the same destination. True power lies in our ability to expand and enjoy the journey! Yoga is not about changing who you are. Everything you need is already inside. We were created human beings, not humans doing . . .
2. Improve sports performance – Most of us are not physically or mentally hardwired to enjoy every sport so we choose a few that we excel at. Over time we end up with a body that has some overworked muscles and some areas of weakness. Imbalances over time lead to injury. Yoga enhances athletic performance by improving flexibility and by teaching proper breathing, relaxation and focus.
1. Create băÌ•ance in your life – The word yoga literally translated means union-body, mind, spirit . . . past, present, future. Yoga brings the body back into balance with its full spectrum of poses – prone, supine, backward bending, forward bending – and helps to teach us how to breathe properly, relax and enjoy a flexible mind and body!
So you think you can’t do yoga? Quiet the negative talk in your head and remember that life gives partial credit – focus on what you CAN do. Sandy Eimers, RPh
2202 West First Street Suite E
Ankeny, IA 50023