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April 27, 2015
Yoga is a science that teaches techniques to practice that can be modified to suit any personality or constitution. The work of keeping your attention to your breath, body, and mind, through the practice of asanas (yoga postures), breath work (pranayama) and meditation, is rewarding in that you will experience that deep sense of coming to your natural state of bliss and happiness.
This body-mind union can help us achieve that which we truly desire. Whether it is to focus our attention, break free from self destructive addictions, move towards better health without aches and pains, become more compassionate and aware beings or simply walk away with a better sense of self, health and well-being.
The best way to let go and become whole is through the body and yoga practice will bring you there. It is important not to compare or fight with yourself to be better than you are. In the first stages of yoga practice, you may find yourself weak, stiff and jumbled full of chaotic voices in your head. Remembering that it is a process to undertake joyfully and with small steps at a time will keep you grounded and focused for the journey ahead. Staying centered and gentle with your self is the approach to take.
Being mindful that it is the journey towards wholeness that will bring you towards better health is the key. Take care to enjoy what it is that you can do for your self, not pushing yourself to do more or better as one would in other aspects of life. This is where the breath work can help.
Staying centered in the breath will ease the discomfort of the task that may seem so enormous that one may want to give up and discontinue. Allow yourself to focus on what you are accomplishing in each breath, whether it is a longer stay in a posture, a longer stillness in meditation or opening to an experience with greater ease. Each breath is to remind you to stay present and be gentle in each experience. It is through these tiny steps where the deep profound changes occur.
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