This is my first post on the topic of yoga, so for all of you experienced practitioners this might be a bit too elementary for you, but then again who knows. I have in one form or another been doing yoga poses (asanas) for some time now, well actually for years. I’ve often mixed in asanas with Pilates exercises, and other forms of stretching during my morning session. While this is a great way to add some stretching oriented exercises to your morning workout it does not constitute what anyone would consider practicing yoga. So over the past few weeks I have been devoting some of my morning workouts purely to the practice of yoga. Being a bit of self study kind of person, I went back to my library and pulled out a book I had purchased some time ago from Yoga Journal. This book provided detailed instructions on how to perform the asana along with pictures of each position in the correct sequence.
So the question is why would anyone want to do yoga? I mean come on you can find better and faster ways to exercise than yoga can’t you. Sure there are at least a dozen ways to torture yourself physically that are more efficient that yoga, although anyone who has ever taken a yoga class knows it is not as easy as one might think. The physical torture part is just not the point. If you are looking for something that kicks your butt stay with squats or running, but if you are looking for a form of exercise that is really more than exercise maybe yoga deserves a look.
My next post will dig into the origins of yoga and the benefits of regular practice.