I am dedicating the month of August to all the life philosophies I have learned from yoga. I began practicing for fitness more than anything when I moved to Houston around 2005. Since that time, my appreciation and understanding of yoga has grown considerably and I’m to the point I would like to share many of the wonderful things the practice has taught me about how to live.
Like most people, I started yoga for the physical health benefits and, for that reason, I expected it to have only physical results. What I didn’t realize is how profound of an effect yoga would have on my emotional and mental health as well. It ushered forth realizations and helped me learn to be strong, tenacious and confident when those realizations brought me stress, pain, anxiety, or healthy fear.
I also didn’t realize that yoga is a way to develop spiritually. The asanas, or poses, subtly affect the body and allow transformations to occur, new ways of seeing things and growing.