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Why Study Yoga?

posted Jan 21, 2010, 2:28 PM by Claramarie Burns   [ updated Jan 21, 2010, 2:34 PM ]
November 13, 2009
Yoga practice offers many benefits to the student; but the true aim of Yoga practice is to develop our grasp of reality, of what is.  At the physical level, Hatha Yoga works toward a personal adjustment of the body's functioning to its natural 'best' on every level, impacting the muscular structure to loosen accumulated tightness and strengthen weaknesses in the core.  At the same time, Hatha Yoga affects the subtler aspects of the body, such as the endocrine, circulation, lymph, and nervous systems, improving vitality and physiological harmony.  Meditation and breath work carry this movement to more profound health to other levels of being as well - our relationships to people and to the world, mental life, and perception all benefit from Yoga practice, enhancing our experience of the depths and heights of life's supra-rational road.  Because Yoga engages a deep respect for the teacher with an essential, core emphasis on verification through experience, Yoga offers a balanced and time-tested, ancient path to self-realization.  And most simply, the practice of Yoga brings a deep sense of well being - it connects us to an experience of basic goodness, even as it challenges us on every level.

Yoga brings suppleness to our life in the world and to ourselves; it reduces stress, increases skill and grace in movement, and opens an always available oasis of deep rest in an over-busy world.