The Benefits of Yoga, Even for the “In-Flexible”
There has been this notion over the years to those who are unfamiliar with yoga, that it’s only for people who can touch their toes or perhaps even wrap their leg behind their head. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
The benefits of yoga stretch far beyond flexibility. (no pun intended)
Much like you can’t expect a child to know from birth how to ride a bike; there just comes a time, and that time is different for every child, where they can learn how to ride a bike. Some have way more natural balance than others and some not so much. Some may get right up on the bike, other scrape their knees more than others, but the point is they get on the bike and do their best. Every person is different.
This same concept holds true with the practice of Yoga.
So, when talking about the physical postures of yoga, even though there is no goal of how flexible you are, the point is to get on a mat and just start practicing, like you would a bike. You may or may not ever be able to touch your toes in any given posture, but that doesn’t matter in the least. If you step onto a mat even a couple times a week for just a few minutes, you will notice over time that your body does evolve and transform. Even though you may not ever wrap your leg behind your head or stand on your head, there are so many physical health benefits that you can experience along the way.
- Gain Strength & Flexibility
- Builds Balance & Stability
- Aid in Cardiovascular Health
- Reduces Stress
Be Liberated While Living, Through Yoga
It’s been said that yoga was created because it was challenging staying in meditation. Some experienced aches and pains while others found the “monkey mind” untamable, which made sitting for any length of time in meditation difficult. So we we can look to Yoga as a form of moving meditation.
So you may yourself, then why not do a Boot Camp Class, Weight Lifting, or maybe just running around the block? Although some people enjoy those activities (including myself), it typically doesn’t have the same effect on anyone like the benefits of yoga can have on you. As beneficial to your health those activities can be, yoga dives a bit deeper into your thought process, into your connection with the world around you, and encourages you to explore your own life and how you could live with more peace.
You can achieve more peace by having more control over your thought process, you can be liberated from unwanted pain, grief, and misery. So let me share with you a story that will demonstrate how we can choose to be liberated through our thoughts being controlled and not being ruled by emotions. Say you were made to carry a 50 pound bag of horse crap up a mountain, about 10 miles in distance. I’m sure you would agree this wouldn’t be the most pleasant experience and one where your mind would come up with every excuse in the book to get out of this trip. Your back would begin to hurt, maybe your arms tire, and I’m sure the smell would be the final straw that would make you give up eventually, lay the bag down and go on with your life-putting the bag of horse pooh behind you.
However, if you took that same bag but this time it was filled with gold and as long as you made it the 10 miles the bad was yours, you would work through any ailment, any issue that would arise on your journey up the mountain. This proves that the mind is what created your reality, not what was in the bag, but your thought process.
So beyond the health benefits of yoga, you will find that over time, the practice of yoga can help you to control your thoughts. Control your thoughts and control your life!
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