Daily, we come across articles or news stories about new studies touting the benefits of a yoga practice for even the most obscure diseases, injuries, disabilities, traumas and emotional states. ADD, Parkinson’s, MS, cancer, back or neck pain, anxiety, hormonal imbalances, arthritis…the list is endless and the benefits are immense.
More than just a form of exercise, yoga is a lifestyle and it is the transformation that takes place on the mat that can be taken off the mat into daily life. Body awareness, connecting movement to the breath, finding a place of stillness and peace within all contribute to healthy benefits of a yoga practice.
The beautiful part of yoga is that anyone, no matter what your body shape, condition or age, can find benefits through learning some form of the breathing techniques, poses, sounds and hand positions used in this ancient practice.
Start where you are, whatever your limitations. Stick with the practice and carefully observe the changes in your body and life. They may not be real obvious at first, but just know that on a subtle level, transformation is happening.
Triumph Through Yoga
This is a very encouraging blog and a good reminder that yoga is for everyone. When I started yoga seriously, I knew I wasn’t ready for a class — even a beginner’s class — so I hired a yoga teacher to work with me one-on-one for six months. That was exactly what I needed and I’m now a committed yoga practitioner. I’m sure I’ll be able to do yoga until I’m 90 years old.