What do you think of when you hear the word “yoga”? Twisting yourself into a pretzel? Living in a cave and chanting mantras? Standing on your head for at least an hour a day? In fact, yoga is not really any of these things. Yoga means “union” and in practice it is the union of the mind, body and breath. In this state of union we can attain a sense of peace and stillness that allows us to realize and understand our true nature. This “union” is achieved through physical yoga practice, which is a system of breathing exercises, movements, and relaxation techniques that:
- Stretch and strengthen your body
- Help bring mind, body and spirit into harmony
- Alleviate stress, tension, and anxiety
- Cultivate self-awareness, self-acceptance, mindfulness and compassion
So, yoga is both a state of being and the actions and practices that help us attain that state. Anyone can practice yoga. You don’t need to be athletic or flexible. Everyone is welcome at Morning Glory Yoga, regardless of fitness level or yoga experience. You just come as you are to honor who you are.