Guest Post by SMARTer Bodies
This isn’t about telling you that you should be devoting your entire life to yoga. This is about us sharing with you the real benefits of what a yoga practice can be. Let’s be clear. Yoga is NOT a complete system of total health and well-being. Despite the fact that’s the exact message that is sold to the masses. When you hear that, remember this…Nothing is a complete system of total health and well-being. So, if you’ve already been told that yoga is not going to be the magical pill that cures all, then why do it? While a miracle solution like that doesn’t exist, yoga can be the gateway through which you better connect to your physical body, mental body and emotional body. Yoga can be a process by which you re-establish a relationship with yourself that can better guide you to a place of total health and well-being.
As yoga teachers, we have strong, dedicated practices that we use not only for our own wellness but as the system we rely on most when helping our private clients who come to us with a variety of issues ranging from the small to the very serious. Why? So many of the problems we see can be easily managed and even completely resolved when clients learn to cultivate awareness of their physiological processes and of their mental/emotional processes. Once someone has been handed the keys to this refined and sharp awareness through the slow and methodical self-exploration that yoga allows for, injury prevention becomes easy. That is really what a conscious movement practice should be about. With our practice, you’ll gain a better knowledge of how you move, if you are over-exploiting any joints or muscles, if you are breathing as well as you could be, and how to get your body and self on the same page. Once you start this practice the idea of injury prevention can be applied to every area of your life.
Awareness of the self, even when it starts from a purely physical place, can help prevent injury or damage to your physical life, your personal relationships, your work, and your psychological wellness. So if you’re an athlete looking to better your performance, a mother who needs to get a better handle on stress, a young person who doesn’t know how to manage life so well, or an older person looking to revitalize his/her being, do yoga! It won’t cure all that ails you, but it will help you to discover what you need.
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