• sdickerson

Why Yoga, Why Now?

Greetings! You have stumbled upon this topic and page for no reason other than something is beginning to draw you towards Yoga. Whether you have an idea of what yoga entails or are an absolute beginner, my genuine hope is that these words are able to offer something to you. Most of my long-time students are those who find me while they are still getting acquainted to the idea of yoga. A guru who inspired me at 18 years old once said to me, "Yoga is a buffet. You take what you want and leave the rest. It's always there to come back to." Which really sums it up. Yoga can be seen as so many different things: a work-out, a religion, a spiritual awakening. The gift is that yoga can be whatever you want it to be. The responsibility a yoga instructor holds and maintains is deeply rooted, yet so simple it is beautiful.

As a yoga instructor, my duty is to offer my years of studies, knowledge and skills led mostly by intuition and timing, rather than as a planned curriculum. This means that each and every day is something fresh and new. Today, you may have risen from your bed feeling bright and ready to go. Tomorrow, may be the same- most likely not. Only because yoga realizes that everything is fluid, moving, and shifting on a physical, spiritual, and molecular level. As a yoga student at any level of experience, you are learning to recognize and become aquinted to these constant changes. Today, you were able to sit for meditation and breath work for 3 minutes. Tomorrow, 5 minutes. Today, you were able to hold an arm-balance pose for 1 full breath. Tomorrow, it was difficult to find your balance and couldn't quite get into the pose. Nevertheless, life keeps moving forward. Inhale, Exhale, Repeat. Why Yoga and why now? Maybe it was a recommendation from a friend, family member, or doctor. Maybe you have been curious about it or finally were able to do some reading about the subject. There are so many different disciplines, schools of thought, and methods regarding yoga today. Investigate on your own and I strongly urge you to try a few different styles of yoga, teachers, and classes to find what suits you best at this time in your life. There are Yogis (meaning practitioners or students of Yoga) who simply sit and meditate and that is their yoga. Then, there are Yogis who practice for 90 minutes daily at each sunrise. Somewhere between these two extremes are the rest of us. People who want a chance to relax their mind, their body, their spirit, or some combination of the three through mindful movement, meditation, and breathing. Naturally these efforts and actions hold numerous health benefits. Improved respiration, energy, and vitality, more balanced metabolism, increased muscle strength and tone, increased flexibility, protection from injury, lower blood pressure, stress reduction, lower symptoms of anxiety and depression, are just a few benefits to mention. In terms of origin, Yoga is thought to have been cultivated over 5,000 years ago which is older than most religions and ancient texts. The Sanskrit meaning of the word, Yoga, is "to Yoke, unite, or to come together." This defines Yoga as an integration. You decide for yourself what gets integrated, but I tell my students that Yoga is the path to unity of mind, body, and spirit. As you are able to begin sitting with self and noticing what happens when you are able to calm your breath, mind, and body, a secret power is found. A power some refer to as the "Yoga high" which I personally experienced after my 3rd Vinyasa Flow yoga practice. I was lucky enough to have found an instructor I immediately felt comfortable and connected with. When we surpassed the peak difficulty of class, rested in some juicy poses and wound down for final relaxation, or savasana. My eyes closed deeply and for what seemed like an hour but must have been for moments, I felt a deep and primal sense of peace. Peace in its truest meaning. That everything is okay. For the first time in potentially my entire life, I felt a genuine sense of okayness. It was intoxicating in all of the best ways and with no side effects, you really can't go wrong. We practice yoga not only for the time that we are on the mat. We practice yoga so that we can get through the other 23 hours in the day. We find yoga because we begin to realize that feeling good not only helps you in your daily life, that it helps you maintain motivation, build confidence, flexibility, and strength in mind, body, AND spirit. Most importantly, you get to feel good. In my time on this planet, I've realized one lesson for certain. This lesson is that people tend to do good when they feel good. Yoga. So simple, it is beautiful. As mentioned before, there is a taste of yoga for every body. Meaning that you are ready for yoga at any time. You don't have to be "in shape", you don't have to be a meditation master, you don't have to be spiritual at all. A yoga practice can last for 2 minutes or for 92 minutes. It is up to you. Meditation, guided mediation, Gentle Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Power Yoga, Bikram Yoga, and the list goes on and on. Yoga is experienced any time you are able to connect to the present moment.

Sending you light and love along your yoga journey~Feel free to refer to any of the sources listed below for more information, check out our Online Offerings which includes videos, meditations and more! Do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions: May all beings be happy. May all beings beings be free. May all beings be at peace. Namaste


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