When asked why I recommend (and teach) yoga to my clients, the answer is both simple and deep.
A regular yoga practice is a practical means to find inner awareness, stillness and contentment. Yoga helps you to feel better.
The short answer PLUS.....Yoga stills the mind through movement which offers the opportunity to connect your mind, body, and spirit. Movement is connected to breath with a focused intention which provides for a mindful experience. Becoming mindful of your actions, thoughts, feelings, and intentions helps in coaching and all of life. The ability to look inward allows you to listen to your subtle body to be aware of the information it provides you in order to make good choices and decisions.
Do I Need Yoga?
Most Westerns are constantly over-stimulated (in a rajasic state). Their minds are constantly filled with lists, images, phones, TV, etc. They are unaware of how to find stillness, subtle awareness, and inner contentment. Yoga offers many practical, easy to follow ways to find the elusive "self" and your well-being.
According to Martin Seligman, a founder of positive psychology, our well-being is based on a combination of five elements: positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment (PERMA). If you are open to receiving these gifts from yoga, it can offer all of these things.
Yoga has many different facets and in the West we think of only 1, 2, or 3. The ones people are aware of include poses, meditation, and maybe breathing techniques. However, yoga has much more to offer. It includes practical advice on how to live your life through the Yamas and Niyamas. It offers guidance on how to steady the mind and become detached from suffering. Yoga, along with the ancient sister science of Ayurveda, has the power to transform your life through simple, practical tools/wisdom that has been passed down for thousands of years.
You do not have to live like monk or renunciate to practice yoga. You can incorporate yoga with dramatic impacts into your current life without having to move to Tibet, wear an orange robe, and eat only rice. Your journey begins with an open mind and a willingness to try.
Yoga means “to join or yoke together,” and it brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience. Yoga dates back more than 5,000 years. In ancient times, the desire for greater personal freedom, health and long life, and heightened self-understanding gave birth to this system of physical and mental exercise which has since spread throughout the world.
Yoga is not a religion. It has no creed or fixed set of beliefs, nor is there a prescribed godlike figure to be worshiped in a particular manner.
Here are a few basics about yoga if you are interested in giving it a try: