Said by B.K.S. Iyengar, "Words fail to convey the total value of yoga. It has to be experienced."
Pattabhi Jois teaches, "99% practice, 1% theory".
David Swenson, about yoga: "Enjoy yourself. I have never had a practice that I regretted. Not once have I finished a routine and thought, "Oh, I wish I hadn't done that." But there have been days that I didn't practice and later wished I had."
And Vanda Scaravelli, "In the beginning you have to make room for yoga in your daily life, and give it the place it deserves. But after some time, yoga itself will pull you up by the hair and make you do it."
Yoga is not a religion. People of all faiths practice yoga. Yoga is not about being flexible or strong. So many people think that you must be flexible to practice yoga. Flexibility and strength develop as you practice. Many people choose to practice yoga to help with medical problems such as back pain, arthritis, depression, migraine, heart or breathing difficulties, and more. Yoga is not a medical practice, but it has been shown to be helpful with many medical conditions.
The practice of yoga realigns the spine, detoxifies the body, and builds strength, flexibility and stamina. But these are the side benefits of a yoga practice.
Yoga is about breathing and moving your body, and being completely focused on that breath and movement. Several movements are made, ending in a posture, which is held for several breaths. Each posture can be modified to work at the level that your body will find comfortably challenging. Yoga class will consist of a series of postures and end with a relaxation period.
Adding yoga to your life will enhance personal growth and well being. It is a practice that, once incorporated into daily life, will bring many benefits. But in order to reap those rewards, the work must be done. Yoga is like anything else that is worthwhile: You get back what you put into it. Trying one or two yoga classes is like taking one or two dance lessons. You must begin with the basics, and then continue with developing the practice. You will need to make a fair committment to yoga for 10 to 12 weeks. Remember that you are practicing yoga to change physical and mental parts of yourself that have taken a long time to develop.
Yoga is something that becomes part of your daily life, like sleeping, eating, and drinking. Give your practice time to develop, pay attention to what happens, every day. Your yoga practice should be something you look forward to, something you enjoy, and something that makes you feel better than you did before the practice began.
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