This article talks about yoga and why we do it. It explains why a holiday or retreat can leap you months ahead of your practice! If you copy and use it – thank you – please just make sure you keep my links in
You know, there are many different reasons as to why people practice yoga. Some people like to feel energised, relaxed, opened, less stressed, more aware, calmer, stronger, more aligned, relieves constipation and improves digestion, sleep patterns improve, better memory, great workout, tones my body and on and on and on! And there is nothing wrong with whatever it is that draws you to practice yoga.
Each and every one of us will experience different feelings and effects from doing yoga. What is important though is that we, at some point, understand what it is that makes us feel different and I hope better at the end of a session!
In the west we misunderstand the need for relaxation within yoga and life. We see it more as the slow, lazy and boring part of the class that will often be skipped if possible. The bit that is thrown in at the end or rushed! The bit that if you leave and miss it, do not worry – after all it is only lying down!
How wrong we can be! Do we not realise that it is the most essential part of the class. This relaxation part, (we call it Savasana, the corpse pose), the lying down and doing nothing part, this is the part of the class that seals us, that puts us back into shape and allows us to repair, re-establish and replenish our bodies and minds.
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