By Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

If you are a serious practitioner or a teacher of Yoga, you might take for granted that everyone knows about the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health benefits. Since we are involved in practicing, or teaching, Yoga every day – we naturally assume everybody knows something about it.

One way to find out about your local community’s perception of Yoga is to network with the medical sector. If local doctors ask you, “What is Yoga?” there is a need to explain what exactly you do and how it will benefit their patients. You should prepare a document that explains the features and benefits of attending Yoga classes on a daily basis.

Some might refer to this document as an “elevator speech.” You should have it memorized forward and backward. You should know about the past and present medical research and studies related to Yoga.

You should also be prepared for extremely intolerant and fundamentalist ideas from those who fear anything they do not understand, and from those who take pleasure in stirring up the masses. Remember that intolerance comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors.

Do not be surprised by what you hear or see. Do not take intolerance personally. The objective of those, who see Yoga as a tool for creating conflict, is to put you on an emotional defensive. Rather than defend Yoga, you can rationally explain what it does for the public’s health.

Medical and spiritual professionals know that a lack of pro-active behavior is the most common reason for many of the ailments of humankind. The amount of energy, effort, and financial resources that are wasted on self-abuse is staggering.

Yoga is a complete health maintenance system designed for the betterment of humanity. Be completely prepared to logically explain how Yoga works and how it will benefit your local community.

© Copyright 2008 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

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