“The science of yoga is like the art of music. The body is a truly sensitive and receptive instrument, and its vibrations, like sound, express the harmony or dissonance within it.” – BKS Iyengar

Many confuse yoga with mere stretching or exercise, but this ancient practice has a much more profound effect on the body and the whole being. Yoga can be an excellent complement to other forms of exercise, but it should be regarded as its own essential component of wellness.

Yoga fulfills a completely different function than purely physical activities. Yoga allows us to drop deep within ourselves and to reemerge revitalized and renewed. As yogi BKS Iyengar writes in Yoga: The Path To Holistic Health: “The primary aim of yoga is to restore the mind to simplicity and peace, and free it from confusion and distress. This sense of calm comes from the practice of asana (poses) and pranayama (breathing).”

Yoga helps to bring into balance all elements of health, ensuring that the body is operating smoothly on a physical and energetic level. Practicing yoga engages every muscle, bone and joint, resulting in a heightened state of awareness and focus that will radiate into your other activities. Yoga allows us to synchronize our minds and our bodies, to slow down enough to be present in the moment, and to truly enjoy the pleasures of life.

There are also purely physiological benefits to practicing yoga. Yoga improves circulation, enhances digestion, and helps to maintain the nervous system and the endocrine (hormonal) system. Yoga will also get your heart pumping and your sweat flowing, all the while providing a meditative state.

Yoga’s tremendous popularity is proof of its power, though not all forms are in keeping with ancient tradition. I can guide you towards a yoga practice that is authentic, effective and meaningful, no matter what your level of skill or physical capability. There exists a yoga for all bodies and ages, from children to pregnant women, fit young adults to older people who wish to begin slowly and gently. All can benefit from this amazing healing art.

For more information about my personal experience with yoga, please see my bio.