Why practice yoga?
A consistent and balanced yoga practice will affect you physically in many positive ways, increasing your flexibility and improving your strength and balance and coordination. Many people come to yoga to counteract the negative effect of our sedentary lifestyle, or to improve an injury or to improve athletic performance and prevent injury.
Yoga’s benefits reach far beyond the physical, the breath control involved in the practice, the focus and concentration often required, and the relaxation and meditation that’s involved can improve sleep, decrease stress levels.
Yoga often reaches far off the mat and outside of the yoga studio; you’ll find yourself sitting taller in your car, your posture improved in the queue in the supermarket, or taking three deep breaths when dealing with an awkward colleague.
I can’t tell you how it achieves all of this, but it does. I call it the Yoga Magic or the Yoga Smug (particularly applicable after yoga in the morning). It starts with feeling a little taller and more grounded in your body right after class and before you know it, you’re addicted.
I never feel more strong or confident than when I’m on my yoga mat. Like a veritable yogi bad-ass. I like nothing more than seeing this feeling shining out of the eyes of my students. Yoga takes you out of your head and then takes your head out of your ass and puts you firmly back in your body. As it does so, you land right here in the present moment, alive, connected and feeling good.