For me, Yoga is a practice of connecting body, mind, and spirit. I am so grateful for this practice in my life. Some people ask if yoga is a religion. They are concerned that yoga will conflict with their beliefs. Here is my favorite response to that question:
“To answer this question, I look to the roots of yoga. Traditionally, yoga is the science of the Self. Yoga seeks to help us understand our inner world through various techniques that include meditation, asanas, breathing, focused awareness, and certain rules of behavior and conduct. If by religion we mean the religious experience of transcendence, the loss of fear of death, and the emergence of platonic qualities such as truth, beauty, goodness, harmony, and evolution, then yes, yoga can give us a religious experience. It is not religion in the form of ideology, dogma, belief systems, or compliance; it’s a spiritual experience that gives us access to a universal domain of reality.” —Deepak Chopra
If you want to try yoga, there are a million ways to get started. I love taking classes. If you have never done yoga, start slowly. You can easily head over to Pinterest to find simple poses. You can type in a search for “beginning yoga” on Google. Of course, Youtube is a great resource. Here is an amazing and FREE, 30-day video playlist that I have used:
Yoga is not a competition, it’s a journey. Listen to your body. Connect.