For the last few months I have been studying yoga. This practice has opened my heart up immensely. It is a practice I recommend for anyone who is seeking more balance, peace and joy in life. What is most profound about the practice is that it allows you to take the breath deep within the body and into places where tension, fear, worry, anxiety and an accumulation of blockages are stored. Thus, the practice not only allows you greater flexibility physically, it allows greater flexibility in all areas of life.
How Yoga Can Help You
About a year ago I began researching the chakra system. I wanted to gain a better understanding of the subtle body and how various aspects of our conditioned life affect the body as a whole. Many would be surprised to learn that on an unconscious level, many physical, emotional and mental wounds/ trauma one experiences (even at the very early stages in life) essentially gets trapped within various chakras (energy centers). If unaddressed, disease and other ailments can and will manifest in the body over time. Yoga is unique in that it is a practice which invariably promotes healing by allowing you to not only become connected to your body but address and ultimately clear the blockages stored in the body. However, an understanding of the chakra system, along with integrating yoga into your daily life is not the only answer. It is also essential to address the psychological, behavioral and habitual patterns which ultimately keep you from being balanced, happy, healthy and living to you fullest potential. This is why it is important to seek professional help. By working with a counselor, therapist, teacher and/or a support group, one can gain a broader and deeper understanding of themselves. (If you are interested in the chakra system, I recommended, Wheels of Life by Anondea Judith).
Finally, I’d like to express my gratitude to you for taking the time to read this post. I would also like to express my gratitude for the practice of meditation and my new found love and practice of yoga. I want to make it clear that combined, these practices provide a holistic model which everyone can and should integrate into their daily routine. Personally, yoga has not only deepened my love, compassion and kindness towards others but towards myself and I am confident that it will do the same for anyone who is serious about growing more spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally. For anyone desperately searching for peace, balance and wholeness, yoga and meditation are doorways. The rest is up to you!