Why Yoga? Is Yoga for You?
Two short answers: Why not yoga? & Yoga is for everyone!
The list of benefits for yoga and why everyone should be practicing is endless. More and more of our students come to Santosha Yoga from the recommendations of their family physician, cardiologist, chiropractor, massage therapist and counselor.
The journey of yoga starts from the outside and then goes inward. It’s like peeling away the layers of an onion. We can’t have a healthy body without a healthy mind and can’t have a healthy mind without a healthy body, they go hand in hand. When we start to heal the body through yoga poses the healing then “auto-magically” continues on the inside, taking us into the journey of self-realization which is the true essence of yoga.
It’s relaxing. It’s energizing. It’s strengthening. You feel better at the end of a session than before you began, and life runs more smoothly when you maintain a consistent discipline than when you don’t. It changes your perspective. You thereby find yourself spontaneously embracing a larger, more accurate conception of who you are and how life works. You start seeing things differently, with less distortion – which results in more peace of mind, better health, more enthusiasm for life, and an ever-growing authentic sense of inner well-being. It will enhance any other physical activity that you are doing and take it to another level.
Any anyone can do yoga; yes anyone can, regardless of your age, physical limitations or flexibility (or lack there of). If you can breathe you can do yoga. Yoga doesn’t’ discriminate. It’s non-competitive and adaptable to every shape, size, gender, and age group.
Are you unable to get up and down off the floor…. chair yoga is for you. It has all the benefits with the added support and safety of the chair. Think of the chair as an extension of your body. New to yoga, try a basic/beginners class. Something more challenging for the experienced yogi, Vinyasa and Hot yoga. Middle of the road; experience a mixed level or slow flow classes, something for everyone. Need to really rest your mind and body restorative yoga and yin yoga.
Did you know that Yogis are awesome? The vast majority of yogis are caring people who are all on a journey just like you. Many yogis have been where you are and they relate to what you’re going through – regardless of what they look like now, and what they’re capable of on the mat now.
Discover the yoga class that is right for you and start your journey.