The Asana Practice (physical yoga practice) is only the 3rd Limb off the 8 Limbs of Yoga. It is a way to WORSHIP your body. The purpose of this 3rd limb of yoga is not only to physically strengthen and condition your body, but also to instill a sense of discipline in oneself. It is also to allow you to become aware of your true inner self by connecting your breath with your body movements. This “self disciple” and “inner awareness” are key elements to calming the mind and reaching higher meditative states. The most important piece of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind. – Rodney Lee Click To Tweet
Now let me address a few common “myths” about yoga –
- NO – You do not have to be skinny to be able to do yoga.
- NO – You do not have to be flexible to be able to do yoga.
- NO – You do not have to dedicate an hour a day to reap the benefits of yoga. No - You do not have to dedicate an hour a day to reap the benefits of yoga. Click To Tweet
Yoga really is for “everyone.”
The beauty of yoga is that it’s poses can be modified a great deal to make them accessible to “ALL.” Unfortunately that message doesn’t really come across when we only see perfectly fit bodies demonstrating yoga poses to their fullest expression. The truth is that not everyone can reach the full expression of a yoga pose. It’s simply because our bodies are different from one another. For example – Someone with long legs and a shorter torso may never be able to bend down and touch their toes. This does not make them any less a yogi that someone who can. The truth is that not everyone can reach the full expression of a yoga pose. It’s simply because our bodies are different from one another. For example.... Click To Tweet
What’s important to understand is that you “do not” have to be able to do the full expression of a pose to benefit from it. How far you bend or stretch should be intuitive – based on the capabilities of “your body.” Yoga is not a competition or a work out. It is rather a “work in.”
Therefore my “mission” for this site is to make yoga accessible to everyone. When I explain a pose, I am hoping to offer variations for it so that you can pick the expression that best suits your body’s capabilities!
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