What is yoga, really.
Reason to start yoga?
Yoga, in short, is unity of mind body and soul. why start yoga, you would ask, it may seem like this is just a practice of some weird poses, but there is much more to it. As Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says, “Yoga is not just exercise and asanas. It is the emotional integration and spiritual elevation with a touch of mystic element, which gives you a glimpse of something beyond all imagination.”
“Everything we do is an expression of who we are. Yoga is the way of determining who we are, who we want to become.”
They say we can change our genes, even, practicing yoga. We can change into the being we want to be.
Seems like, we define ourselves as a person, which means putting ourselves into a shell. Maybe, even put limitations, boundaries around us. When we say we have certain type of personality, almost like, certain concreting happens. Yoga enables us to make the shell thinner and thinner, eventually break out of it. Since we do some asanas from basic to extreme, making our body flexible physically, first. Then it is time to push beyond our perception of who we are, and create who we want to be. With time, we change out perception of ourselves from person to apresence, a being. As life is, presence.
Yoga (not just asanas) help us mentally, breaking the cycles, having whole new perception of our world and ourselves. any more reasons to start yoga today?
In addition, you can have more physical approach to yoga, as well.
We may start doing yoga to gain strength, improve our posture or our flexibility. Speaking from experience, yoga shows its benefits in no time. You start doing yoga, the next day you feel progress. This is true for flexibility, anyway.
Furthermore, yoga is quite effective when it comes to gaining strength. It is not an overnight progress, yet it is effective and continues for a longer amount of time. Of course, you would have to practice strength yoga daily to see the difference. Finally, day by day, you will notice that it does not challenge you as much as it did in the previous session, which we call, a progress.