Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Why I Practice Yoga
That is certainly not because I am so flexible that I can twist and bend and stand on my head. I started taking yoga exactly because my muscles are tight and inflexible. Slowly, I do notice changes. I am a little more flexible now.
For me, the biggest benefit has been just being more aware of my body and how it moves through space. I think about standing tall and keeping my head up. My posture is better. My breathing is deeper. My balance--well, not perfect, but I do recover if I trip instead of falling. I don't have significant aches and pains.
I have tried different types of yoga. Some types are physically challenging and others are very calming, relaxing, and restorative. I have found that I really like the tranquil feeling after practicing. There is a good balance between the physical and mental--has to be good for body and mind.
And I do love the trappings--the chimes, the essential oils, the Hindu symbols and music, Tibetan singing bowls, the chanting, the Sanskrit names for the poses, the talk of chakras. There is a spirituality that appeals to me on a deeply metaphorical level.
Finally, let's face it, the clothes are really comfy.