Most people come to yoga in the beginning for physical exercise, to improved health, or for stress management… but for most people, that first reason for doing yoga will change
There is a vast and growing body of research showing how yoga can improve health including chronic pain fatigue, obesity, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, weight loss, and more
But the truth is that the practice of yoga is not just about improving health, the body, headstands, or even about gaining greater joy or happiness. If it were, it’d be just like another spinning class or weight-training at the gym.
Yoga aims toward transcendence of all those things. In a culture in which we rush from one day to the next, constantly trying to change our health, body, or emotions, or to plan the future, yoga opens up the possibility of connecting to what we already have and to who we already are.