Wrapping up the Benefits of Yoga Series

I hope you have enjoyed this series on the benefits of yoga.  The benefits of yoga are many and I have not even begun to scratch the surface here.  I encourage you to dig deeper on your own.  But there is one final thought I want to leave with you. We do not practice yogaContinue reading “Wrapping up the Benefits of Yoga Series”

Thought for Today

“True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to beContinue reading “Thought for Today”

The Benefits of Yoga: Heart Health

Seventeen years ago I had a conversation with my alternative medical doctor about tangible evidence that would be recognized by the medical community that alternative treatments and preventative measures actually do work.  He said, “It is coming.  I believe we will see it in our lifetime.”  Unfortunately the doctor died unexpectedly a few short monthsContinue reading “The Benefits of Yoga: Heart Health”

The Benefits of Yoga: Improved Posture

Growing up I was always told to “stand up straight.” Like most teenagers I had a tendency to slouch. But as an adult of short stature I stood up straight to get every inch out of my height.  Or so I thought. That is until the first physically obvious benefit of yoga for me appeared.Continue reading “The Benefits of Yoga: Improved Posture”

The Benefits of Yoga: Learning to Breathe

Breathing is something we tend to take for granted.  But when we stop and realize life begins when breathing begins and life ends when breathing ends we begin to understand the importance of breath. Breathing is an important part of yoga.  In fact it is the fourth limb of yoga Pranayama consists of breathing exercisesContinue reading “The Benefits of Yoga: Learning to Breathe”

The Benefits of Yoga: Flexibility

I put this down a way on the list because flexibility is not the ultimate goal of yoga.  However if you practice yoga you will become more flexible — not only physically but mentally and spiritually as well. When I began to practice again in my 50’s after a very long absence I was horrifiedContinue reading “The Benefits of Yoga: Flexibility”