Why do yoga?
I cannot predict what it will do for you,
but I can tell you what it has done for me.
My yoga practice began after years of deep
spiritual interest rooted in childhood. Everything I read
was in the realm of the metaphysical and the esoteric.
Beginning a yoga practice gave my spiritual life something
tangible to wrap around. I use it to stay fit, healthy,
clear minded, and spiritually guided.
- Lengthening of muscles, creating fluidity
and ease of movement
- Strengthening of muscles, creating muscle
mass and physical power, stamina
- Increased balance creating agility and
confidence in movement
- Improved posture through spinal alignment
- Clarity of mind
- Improved respiration, circulation,
elimination, detoxification, cellular regeneration
- Deep feelings of well being, joy, bliss,
personal power, peace, gratitude, personal freedom,
connection with Higher Self and God
- Profound sense of integrity
- Mental clarity
- Ability to stay focused on a singular
thought or goal
- Ability to compassionately see other people's
dramas without engaging in them
- Increasingly consistent and accurate
- Visceral understanding of oneself as an
energy or etheric body
- Access to universal intelligence
- Deep appreciation of nature, and the
earth as a living ever-changing thing
- Unceasing fascination with the
process of life
- Past life memories
- Interest in all things magical,
metaphysical and miraculous, and the ability
to see them within the context of the mundane daily
- Remembering to pray for myself and for others.
Simply placing my thoughts with God and my desires.
- Living through the awareness that does not base
my present or future on decisions I have made for myself
in the past. Keeping every moment fresh.
i.e. "living in the moment".
- Release the need to have scientific data, studies,
proven facts, and someone else's truth be my own
- Believing that I am made by God, watched over by God
and the spirit world, aided and communicated to by
God, simply by asking. Believing in the unconditional
acceptance and unwavering love of "God of Love". Knowing
that He created me (and you!) as an actual part of
Himself. He would never abandon me, because it would
be the same as abandoning himself.
of sacrifice mentalities - "giving up stuff" through
self-imposed discipline as a way to go up a rung on
the spiritual path. Anything I no longer do is out
of a release or dismissal of being appropriate to
my life, a need "not to", rather than a neurotic belief
that it is good for me.
the thought of striving to be a perfected soul. I
realize I am one, by the nature of being God's creation.
I just want to get clear enough to function in that
light continually, to remove the veil of maya, or
thought process that begs the question "Does it serve
me?" If it doesn't serve attainment of my deepest
desires, I take the steps to stop it, by releasing
the behavior, not by struggling to change or be better.
What would you
like yoga to do for you?