Taking time to practice yoga or to work out regularly is a path toward knowing yourself. This self-discovery is separate from your family, past experiences or other obligations. It’s about YOU—your body and mind—coming together moment by moment. You are reminded that your body and mind have never been separate. You learn to integrate yourself more gracefully into the world. You move with greater ease and confidence. You use the energy of your body and mind to align yourself physically. An open body and mind relieves you of stress by creating a natural pathway for unneccesary tension to exit your body.
With a regular practice, you learn to honor your body and to enjoy living in your own skin. Old patterns of movements and thoughts may be reworked. A new and refreshing perspective can be manifested. It is even possible to feel eye-opening sensations of well-being.
Our bodies have great intelligence. With patient and consistent training you will uncover these natural smarts. Intelligent guidance with an artistic sense of detail will lead you toward what is good for you and teach you to avoid what doesn’t help you.
After you connect to yourself and your sensations, you will also be more aware of those around you. With practice you will develop compassion for yourself so that then you can help others.
There are many physical benefits to yoga and working out. Here is a short list:
- Keeps muscles strong
- Nourishes joints
- Gives suppleness to the spine
- Increases circulation
- Improves breathing
- Increase flexibility
- Gain strength
- Improve balance
- Can lower blood pressure
- May lower blood sugar
I invite you to begin your own bodymind journey to self-discovery and awareness. Feel free to share your own thoughts and insights.