Why Do Yoga?
In Hindu tradition, yoga is a practical discipline as well as a spiritual one. Yoga is many things to many people. Some people do yoga:
- as a spiritual endeavour; to still the mind and to raise the consciousness
- purely for the physical benefits. Asana practice (yoga postures) massage and stimulate the organs. Breathing techniques re-oxygenate the blood. The renewed blood is then carried to the organs where it heals and rejuvenates the body
- because it helps them to look good. The stretching and strengthening of yoga practice tones the body
- for the relaxation; to quiet a busy mind and to release tension in the body
- for the breath work - pranayama (yogic breathing) helps to cleanse the lungs and bring much needed oxygen to starved cells throughout the body
- for its meditative qualities; to combat anxiety, to gain control of the mind and settle restless thoughts, to create a feeling of calmness and as a catalyst for changing moods
- to maintain optimal health, as a mental and physical guide to 'good' living
- for its therapeutic and rejuvenating effects; to stimulate the prana (life-force or energy)
But the most important reason to do yoga is to do it just for YOU!