Sadhana reflects true fitness

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
Where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.
~ Rumi

I was inspired when I read an article from a veteran Iyengar yoga instructor, and it made me realize that my spiritual practice in the early mornings gave me a complete fitness regime.  Yet in the culture we live, where we breathe excessive sweat and hard core pounding cardio and strength training.  Most fitness experts say while yoga might be good for flexibility or relaxation – to be truly fit, you have to combine it with an activity like running or lifting weights.

My yoga practice kept me fit, never needed to run nor lift weights (once in a while, i enjoy jump roping and do dips and pull-ups).  My  formula consisted of Kundalini Yoga, daily asanas (poses) and pranayama (breathwork).  A yoga practice, at a certain level of intensity, will provide you with what you need.”

The yoga practice tunes you into your body and helps you to better coordinate your actions.  Dina Amsterdam, a yoga teacher from San Francisco said  “A Yoga class is merely a laboratory for how to be in harmony with the body in every activity outside of yoga.  This improved physical wellness and fluidity enhance not just the physical well-being but also permeate all levels of our being.”

So Bottom line, Yoga has a lot of benefits, so do your yoga regularly and enjoy it.  Beyond fitness, yoga also offers many other gifts.  It improves your health, reduces stress, improves sleep and often acts like a powerful therapy to help heal relationships, improve your career, and boost your overall outlook in life.

All these positives are enough to keep a former exercise junkie hooked on yoga for life. Most fitness junkies thought yoga wouldn’t give them the emotional satisfaction of aiming for and meeting goals.  In the end, it offers a path to constant improvement.

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