The Basics

The Basics.

Yoga is a practical, comprehensive system for living a better life. By strengthening and toning the body and calming the mind, we are able to enjoy our lives more completely.

Yoga is not a religion. It is simply a set of guidelines. Each student can pick and choose which parts work for them.

You do not need to be strong or flexible to practice yoga. Each person’s yoga practice will be different and you never need to be able to twist yourself into a pretzel to practice yoga. The reason that people work on more and more advanced yoga poses is that it is healthy to give yourself a challenge and practice remaining composed when you are outside of your comfort zone. This aspect of the practice is not going to appeal to everyone and may or may not be right for you.

Because there is a lot to learn, a teacher can be a helpful guide in deciding which aspects of the practice to learn and use and how to stay safe while doing it. A teacher is simply someone who has knowledge of the practice and whom you respect as trying to live what they teach. This is different from a guru, who is supposed to be someone who has attained enlightenment. Good luck finding one of those!

I am passionate about sharing yoga with others because it has changed my life. I am stronger and more flexible than I’ve ever been. Even better, I have become much happier and more accepting of my life and of other people. All of the relationships in my life have also benefitted from my practice of yoga.

How has yoga affected your life?  Post a comment below.

What else would you like to know about yoga?  Leave a comment and I will update this post or add a new one if appropriate.

2 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I am looking to become a certified yoga instructor, but I want to make sure I make the right choice on picking a teacher. There are so many out there, but how do I know which is the right one for me? Thank you again for your feedback. Bless.

    Hollie

  2. Hollie – Thanks for your comment! I have another website geared towards people who want to become teachers (or better teachers!). I am just starting that site, so there aren’t a ton of articles yet, but I do have a few on choosing a teacher training. Check out this page, which has links to 3 articles.
    http://teachingyoga.net/category/yoga-certification-teacher-training/

    And please let me know what else you would like to see on that site. I am developing content right now and would love any input.

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