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.