Friday, December 17, 2010

Top 10 Reasons to Practice Yoga - #10

Today's reason... #10, and the final one in my series, is not only in honour of the season but also because I truly believe it:

10. Yoga is the GIFT you give yourself

We all know that blissful post yoga feeling and that is amazing, but the gift - the real gift - just keeps on giving. We enjoy so many benefits, not only to our physical health but also to our mental and emotional health. And this gift, these benefits, are transferred to those around us: Our family, our friends, our co-workers, our community. By taking care of ourselves we can take better care of those around us. In simple terms: if we are stressed, tired, angry or otherwise unhealthy, we cannot give anything GOOD to anyone. As one of my yoga teachers likes to say: The cup is EMPTY! We have to FILL it.

SO, go on.... give yourself that wonderful GIFT of yoga. Go to your local yoga studio, or better yet if you are in the Gorge, come and join me in a class. Or spread out your mat at home and practice. Take those baby steps towards your practice. Sometimes just sitting in Sukasana (Easy Pose) and connecting with your breath can immediately transport you to a better place.

For more reasons, read this article in Yoga Journal - Count on Yoga: 38 Ways Yoga Keeps You Fit

Namaste - The Light in me honours the Light within you.

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