What Yoga is

Yoga is not a practice of attainment; it is an unending process of self-discovery and self-transformation.

Yoga helps bring the body, breath, mind, wisdom, and spirit (bliss) into harmony.

Hatha yoga is a practice of moving into energetic balance amid the constancy of change in our lives.

Put simply, the “ha” part of hatha is more energizing, the “tha” part more relaxing.

Like learning a new language, the languages of yoga take time and patience to sink in as we gradually learn, breath by breath, how the various elements unite to create an integral experience.

While there are intellectual aspects of this learning, the deeper learning happens in the practice itself as we come to discover how we are who we are through the infinitely varied prisms of experience offered by all of the different asana, breathing, and meditation practices.

Yoga’s potential for improving or transforming our lives arises from doing it consistently over the long span of our lives.

From ‘Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes’ by Mark Stephens

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