Recently, the story of Arthur Boorman has come to the attention of the internet. If you're interested in ways people are using yoga not only to feel better but to live a more satisfying life, you might want to take a few minutes to watch this dramatic video. Arthur's story is unique! The life-affirming benefits of a regular yoga practice are not.
Like most skills, yoga is something you learn. Over time and with practice, you not only begin to feel more comfortable and stable entering and holding yoga poses but you begin to reap the many rewards, some of which you may experience after one or two sessions, others may require several weeks and maybe years.
Yoga's greatest benefits come from a regular, daily or weekly practice that allows the body and mind to gain a feeling of confidence, stability and focus. From this, greater strength, flexibility and peace of mind will come.
Yet while yoga has attributes of being a physical skill, Yoga - as a discipline for "yoking" the mind and body - is much more than that. Rather than being a series of positions one seeks to hold and master, Yoga is an ongoing process - a journey and not a destination. Each day you practice with a non-judgmental focus on the body/pose relationship, you are moving along a path towards a greater sense of well being. And amazingly, this sense of well being isn't just a mental or emotional experience, over time it can accompany a condition of actual wellness and above average health.
With good instruction and support by a trained guide, a comfortable and yet challenging yoga practice has been known to significantly address issues related to fatigue; muscle pain; discomfort in shoulders, neck, back and knees and so much more.
In fact, for many of us, maintaining a regular yoga practice is the go-to therapy for the aches and pains of sport, injury and aging. It is both preventative and restorative, and suitable for beginning at any age and condition with appropriate modifications and attentiveness. While traditional medical attention and advice must never be ignored, yoga - when it becomes a regular practice - promotes a level of healing in both mind and body with which most doctors are not trained to understand.
If you are new to yoga or have started and stopped attending yoga classes over the years, keep your mind open and your heart assured. It is never too late to discover how a regular yoga practice might quietly or dramatically improve your life.