In the beautiful bustle of summer, it can often be more challenging for the yoga student to find quiet time for their practice. In the spirit of Karma Yoga (the yoga of our actions) try the art and practice of Listening. You might discover it to be as profound and transformational as any other yoga practice, from deepening the breath, to balancing in a pose, to noticing glimpses of peace in meditation.
Yoga heals in many ways. Through poses and deep breathing, yoga heals our physical being by improving oxygen to our cells and circulation throughout our body. It brings strength and flexibility to our muscles and joints, and improves balance and coordination. Physical yoga improves nutrient assimilation, digestion and elimination, cleansing and detoxifying the body. Yoga's science of living encourages us to care for our bodies by eating pure foods and water and maintaining proper hygiene.
With the launching of our Yoga Therapy Training program, our yoga community is invigorated by the power of yoga; to bring balance, healing, and personal empowerment to all people, regardless of yoga experience, ability, health, or religion.
We are reminded and affirmed in our approach to Yoga as it aims to awaken the inner voice and wisdom within each student, and identify the major causes of stress that contribute to suffering.
More often than not, our physical and mental suffering is the only way our Self can communicate to us that a change is needed. As we learn more about ourselves through yoga philosophy and practices, our awareness is heightened and we hear these messages before they can advance to greater dis-ease. Along the journey, we also learn what blocks us from hearing our own "inner guru" and other ways we sabotage our own path to enlightenment.
We are a complicated and beautiful organism!
Yoga seeks to enhance our strengths and root out the unhealthy thought patterns that are at the foundation of stress and suffering. Ultimately, we discover what it is to be balanced in our own unique way. We will most likely always have challenges before us, and Yoga gives us the tools to not only face such difficulties, but come through them having gained valuable lessons, greater Self awareness, peace, and excitement about our purpose in life and, ultimately, a feeling of knowing we are part of something greater than ourselves.
This power of Yoga living goes unrecognized much of the time, as our culture tends to equate Yoga with physical exercise. Many yoga students then function purely on the level of their smaller self, fueling the ego and a frame of mind based on achievement and competition. Not only are these students at greater risk of injury, they are moving on a path towards separation and suffering. They miss out on the truly transformative, healing, and enlightening benefits of Yoga.
We are grateful and inspired to share this fullness of Yoga with you, and look forward to seeing you soon!