YOGA is a life philosophy to help one be the best self that he/she can be.
According to Merriam Webster, yoga is a system of physical postures, breathing techniques, and sometimes meditation derived from Yoga but often practiced independently especially in Western cultures to promote physical and emotional well-being.
Although western culture tends to look at Yoga solely as physical postures (or asanas) designed to gain fitness, asanas are only a small part of the philosophy of yoga. There are 8 limbs of yoga. Put in everyday terms they include:
Social ethics or restraints placed by society
Internal ethics (doing the right thing because it is right rather than because it is forced by others)
Postures – Asanas or physical practice
Withdrawal of the senses
Meditation with focus aids
Meditation requiring minimal effort
Absorption, bliss, consciousness, Arriving
What yoga is NOT
Although you will find a prevalence of yoga in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, yoga, per se, is not a religion. As with anything, it is what you make it. Personally, I have found that no matter the religious preference yoga can strengthen your spiritual being. Look again at the eight bullets above. In the practicing of Christian faith, one could utilize meditation to realize a deeper, more meaningful mindset of the knowledge of scripture by meditating on them.
A quick fix
There is no such thing! It is amazing how quickly one can become unhealthy, but becoming healthy takes time and conscious dedicated work. There is no magic pill.
A Social Club
This is about your individual journey. Along the way I pray you meet other awesome people, but yoga is about you!
You may feel uncomfortable at first in a yoga class, especially if you don’t know what to expect. They may be chanting, or you may literally have your backside in the air. Not all variations will be for you, but don’t give up on it right away. Try to embrace it and give it an honest effort before you move on.
Above all else, Yoga is about discovering yourself. I love sharing the journey as well as listening to your stories. Please feel free to share! Use the comments section below or email me anytime.