What Yoga Is, and Is Not.
Know What you are getting into.
- Moving Meditation.
- Focused Concentration and keen awareness of mind and body.
- Control of the breath, Movement synchronized to the breath: Awareness with the breath.
- Vinyasa– a flow through a series of movements – One breath to one movement. An example is sun salutations. Vinyasa warms the body from inside and increases meditative focus, and awareness of the breath.
- Asana– (“poses” and also the movement into, with-in and out of them) which lead to doing more difficult Asanas, creating greater freedom of mind and body.
- A process. Each movement towards, with-in and transition out of an Asana is a journey towards mind-body integration, flexibility and strength with-in that asana, the unique way you find it within your own body.
- Everyone’s individual body structure means there is great variety in how a person gets into, and looks in any pose.
- Yoga is complex. This is why it is a process! Often a slow process, even with diligent daily practice.
- Always a whole being (body-mind-emotions) experience. Expect to change more than your body!
- Physical asana is only one of the eight limbs of yoga Philosophy.
- The goal of yoga is no less than Enlightenment -knowledge/understanding/insight which brings freedom. (Though better health or physical appearance are often the goal in the west)
- The rewards are mastery over the mind and a strong, flexible, yet supple, body.
- One theory of how physical Yoga was originally created is so that a person could remain in seated, still in meditation without being distracted by discomfort in the body.
- Yoga has been attributed as great tools for religion, or spiritual growth, no matter what faith or philosophy a person believes. The practice of yoga as lifestyle is expanded understanding, compassion, inner peace and peaceful conduct, until eventually all of life becomes a moving meditation.
- It is a philosophy. The branch of Yoga, Devotion, can be devotion in the religious sense, but this is a personal choice.
YOGA IS NOT:
- Classes, (Just like any art form, you take classes but you practice on your own.)
- A religion
- Being a contortionists
- A physical exercise class
- A sport
- A quick fix to anything
- Something you master completely on any given day. (there is no finish line).
Know What you are getting into. Find the class(es) and teacher(s) right for you.