Though yoga sometimes is associated as a fad, it has been a tradition in the east for thousands of years. In the past it never was an industry with clothing, mats and accessories, but a path into oneself. Yoga involves breathing, stretching, asanas and meditation to help someone question their ego and find a true connection with something larger. It also has wonderful health benefits and studies show it helps with blood pressure, weight and other ailments. Psychologically, it is an excellent tool for relaxation and being able to be in the moment more fully.
Yoga is used by people of various faiths and though you can go deep into Hindu philosophy or Buddhist teachings, many choose to use it in conjunction with their own religion. The principles of patience, kindness and gaining wisdom are
common in all tradition.
There are levels of yoga that are very gentle so that no one has to be intimidated by feeling they are too out of shape to begin practicing. Some of the stretches are similar to those used before sports practicing, but there are some differences. During each pose, one is instructed to quiet the mind and just focus on the strech, feeling one’s breath. Every moment is seen as a way to get away from one’s daily worries and troubles.
Many classes end with a meditation so that the gains from the class can be taken into the outside world. To leave yoga
and immediately start cutting people off on the road indicates that one has to work a bit on the transition and take a pause when one is in the car. Ideally, the teaching from yoga classes can carry into daily life and not be isolated moments of peace. This takes practice and one should use that as a goal but not judge oneself for falling into reactions.