Convinced about the benefits of Yoga!
I joined my first Yoga class after I lost a five mile race. The back story is as follows:
In my undergraduate days in India, I was into cricket, badminton, table tennis and running. My roommate was an avid Yoga practitioner. One day we got into a spirited debate about the physical benefits of Yoga and agreed to settle the debate by running a five mile race. Neck to neck until the last tenth of a mile -- he unleashed a burst of speed and won the race decisively! This is when I understood how the yoga practices of control of the breath and control of the mind, come into play. I was convinced about the benefits of Yoga and joined a training program.
The teacher was a sprightly eighty-year-old man who demonstrated Yoga poses in a very simple manner to a large class consisting mostly of men. I learned that his Yoga practice started at the age of forty as a means of successfully combating a long term illness. It became clear to me then that it is never too late to start Yoga and reap its incredible healing value.
My practice of Yoga was sporadic owing to a back injury, but I kept doing my practice whenever I could. I attended classes at many Yoga studios until I finally joined the teacher training program at Yogalife NH -- probably one of the best decisions I made. The institute draws its lineage to the Yoga Institute in Mumbai, India and uses the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as its foundation. The program has given me a good reference frame to balance the mind, body and spiritual aspects of Yoga. I like the simplicity of following the path of Classical Yoga which inherently allows for a personal quest and self-discovery.
The goal of Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind. It is achieved by constant practice and non-attachment to results. I find that so liberating.
I have attended a large number of classes at Yogalife NH taught by a number of teachers. All the YogaLifeNH teachers whose classes I have experienced stay true to our lineage and imbue the classes with their own unique wisdom. I invite you to review the various classes and workshops offered by Yogalife. Remember, it is never too late to start Yoga and reap its incredible healing value.
Som Kovvuri, RYT, is certified with the Yoga Alliance and is a 2013 graduate of the YogaLife Institute NH’s 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training Program. He began his Yoga practice in earnest after attending a training program at the Gandhi Gyan Mandir in Hyderabad, India in the early 80’s. In 2012 he searched for a well-balanced program and discovered the YogaLife Institute’s Teacher Training Program which concentrated on both physical and spiritual aspects and promoted a spirit of inquiry and self-discovery. At the beginning of 2015 he enrolled in the 500-hour teacher training program at the YogaLife Institute to continue his studies.