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The Practice of Yoga

Nature's Light
Nature's Light
Valerie Goodman

The practice of yoga has taken the West awhile to accept, understand and pursue. It is unlike any other physical activity. It has no age bracket that it is limited to; no necessary physical ability to do it well or has any requirements to get to the next level of skill. In other words, there is nothing to lose; even better, there is everything to win. Yoga is called a practice because that is all you simply do…practice. Each practice is different because your body changes from day to day. Make yoga a routine practice in your life and you will observe results manifest cumulatively over time. Ignore those excuses that are emerging in that mind as you read this article. If you can breathe, you can practice yoga. If something is important to you, you make the time for it. Forget the lack of flexibility excuse. Yoga will make those tight muscles a distant memory of the past.

In the past several years, yoga has had numerous styles emerge. There is nothing wrong with change. Change can be good and keep things fresh. The key point to always remember is to listen to your body. Only you know if what you are experiencing feels right or not. It is imperative to remember that you are practicing yoga for your well-being…physical, mental, and spiritual. Or, you may simply practice for one of those purposes. It is your practice. Simply make it good one. If you have medical concerns, consult with your doctor and/or make the yoga teacher aware of the situation. The rule regarding health is to always err to side of caution. “No pain, no gain” is NOT in the true philosophy of a yoga practice.

Yoga actually helps your organs function better. Certain moves in yoga give a gentle squeeze to the internal organs, such as the kidneys, pancreas, and liver. These organs work very hard to keep your body cleaned of toxins and balanced chemically. Doing yoga shows them a little love so that they can work better. The anatomy of the body is mind-boggling; therefore, know that everything within this container called your body is intricately interconnected. If one system is imbalanced, it has a ripple effect of the others. Yoga helps teach you to breathe in more oxygen for the cells and the moves you make help your muscles, ligaments, organs, and more! If you expect everything to function in auto-mode without conflict, then you have to do your part to keep your inner system in shape.

The more you practice yoga, the better you understand how to manage stress. Eventually, what might stress you out now will not in the future. Remember, the practice of yoga has cumulative effects. Great results do not emerge instantly. But, it does not take long to feel the difference. It simply gets better and better with practice and time. So, if you made it an intention to try yoga in 2011…now is the time to start it. No more excuses. Find a place close by that teaches yoga and get on the mat! Nashville has a lot of places to check out. Almost all of them have special offers to make it financially possible.

Remember, you have nothing to lose (but some stress) and everything to gain! You just might be one of the many people who wonder what took them so long to start. But, no worry…like all good things…better now than never. If you want to learn a little more about the basics of yoga and the anatomical benefits, check out for some good information.

Great studios with a variety of teachers, styles and times to choose from in Nashville are abundant. Here are a few to check out and give a try:

Yoga Country is in Brentwood

Steadfast and True Yoga is near Vanderbilt

The Sanctuary in Green Hills

Yoga Source is downtown in Nashville

There are many more to explore, so consider it more than a way to get in better shape. Consider it a journey of wellness and growth from the inside out. Make 2011 a year of yoga!

Namaste' (translated: The Divine Light in Me honors the Divine Light in You)


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