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We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Yoga

moves my body

gives me strength

deepens my breath

opens my mind

feeds my soul

helps me heal

Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.
— Patanjali, Yoga Sutra 1.2
 
 
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Yoga helped me while I was at a low point in my life, recovering from major surgery and while learning to deal with a chronic illness. It helped me physically with flexibility and strength, but it also opened up the door to other aspects; the breath helped me deal with pain and it impacted my mind and taught me how to deal with difficult emotions. It has given me deeper awareness and and sense of compassion for my body, mind, emotions and spirituality.

I am fascinated by yoga philosophy and its physical, mental, emotional and spiritual qualities; there is always another layer, another connection. While it is vast, I am struck by the beautiful simplicity; it all makes such perfect sense. 

It has opened the path to further learning about the mind-body connection, mindfulness, meditation, breathing, Buddhism, psychology, energy and massage to name a few. I’m absolutely relishing what I am learning about all these things and they seem to complement each other perfectly.

Yoga has been the underlying current; its philosophy holding an abundance of wisdom which I continue to explore. It is a powerful tool for many challenges in life and I hope it can bring you as much as it continues to bring me. Wouldn't it be wonderful if this was actually something taught from a young age, valuable mind-training and physical exercise, giving us tools to better deal with our emotions, to help with the many challenges of life.

Please don’t be dissuaded by images of bendy people getting into impossible looking shapes, as yoga is so much more than the physical postures.

Anyone can do yoga; yoga is the practice of living wholeheartedly.

 
If you can breathe, you can do yoga
— Krishnamacharya