Have you ever watched dogs and cats wake up? What’s the first thing they do? They stretch!
Have you ever watched a brand new baby resting? They are totally quiet and still, their breath is deep and peaceful.
Have you ever taken the time to notice how you feel when you laugh, see a beautiful sunset, hug a loved one, sing a song? What do all these things have in common? The answer is yoga.
Yoga is the oldest form of stretching to human kind. It is over five thousand years old; yet, it is only now seeing increased popularity across our world. Why? Because of its many and everlasting health benefits.
Yoga means union of your body, mind and spirit, (spiritus is Latin for breath). Our breath is everything in life. We simply cannot live without it. Have you ever noticed when life is perfect for you? Maybe you have found a new love, your kids are behaving perfectly, you are in the zone while playing golf or tennis or exercising or you are just simply peaceful in this moment. That is yoga.
Ancient yogis tell us the body is the past, (it is history), the mind is the future, (it is a mystery), but the greatest gift given to us, the connection between body (past) and mind (future), is our breath! That is why it is called the present. Indeed our breath and our bodies are an incredible gift! Walt Whitman reminds us,” Happiness, not in another place, but in this place; not for another hour, but for this hour.” Isn’t it time to enjoy your gift, the present?
The main purpose of yoga is to focus on our breath and bodies, to open us up to the awareness of who we already are. Many of all ages, from little leaguers to professional athletes, from the physically and mentally challenged, from our young to our experienced elders, all are finding the amazing and wonderful effects of yoga. Those who are new to yoga and think that they will be bored and will get very little in the way of a workout, (who think that all they will do is to chant Om for an hour), soon find themselves huffing and puffing, sweating profusely and saying, “Wow, this is not what I thought it was.”
Incorporating yoga, meditation, cardio, weight bearing density exercises, gratitude and leaving our world a better place, is a recipe for a wonderful, healthy and peaceful life. Who doesn’t want that? Remember to a yogi, every moment is a gift. Open your gift today.
ProMedica Wildwood Athletic Club Yoga Instructor,
Certified by American Sports & Fitness Association (ASFA)