Toward a Deeper Practice

From the first time I took a yoga class, I could see my entire life begin to move toward a more positive direction. As I worked hard at this new discipline, I saw my life come together. Negative, draining, unhealthy relationships faded away. Family relationships and friendships strengthened and became more fulfilling. I started to gain in self-confidence and found myself wanting to be a better person, one who is generous, altruistic, and true to her word.

How can I explain it? I believe that in taking up a discipline and a spiritual practice one develops a deeper sense of awareness that permeates every aspect of life. This deeper awareness led me to examine my life from every angle, and this consciousness keeps unfolding. As I work diligently on the physical postures (asana), on the study and application of the yamas and the niyamas, which are moral guidelines and observances, on the study of the energy centers (chakras) representing areas of human spiritual growth, I see my full potential unfolding.

My body feels strong, limber, and free from tension. I can live out my dreams and work with diligence without having to deal with a dis-eased body or one that is cranky and fatigued.

My yoga practice energizes me to help others and opens extra time to lead a life of enrichment. My mind is clear so I can enjoy nature around me and experience quiet time to reflect on how I interact with myself and with the world around me.

Yoga is a stanchion of health. Yoga is not just about stretching and strengthening the body. It is also about eating properly and purifying the body. It enhances the spirit. Yoga provides a retreat from the busy-ness and pressures of every day life—and a consistent yoga practice can make a person stronger, more balanced, and more flexible, allowing one to take life in stride.

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