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Yoga For Fitness or Spirit?

groundedfitness2010-07-04 13:57:11 +0000 #1
I LOVE yoga, but I've always done it as a means of gaining flexibility and relaxation. I've never really gotten into the whole spiritual side of it (some call it cynicism, but I owuld say it just my background: Im a personal trainer) but i do have an open mind.

How many of you do yoga strictly for spiritual reason, and how many do it purely for the fitness benefits?

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Pandara2010-07-04 14:10:33 +0000 #2
The spiritual outweights the physical. I initally started out for physical reasons only but changed very soon after I started yoga to the spiritual aspects. Now the physical sort of follow, adjust and adapt to the spiritual and not vice versa.
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 14:25:08 +0000 #3
As Bob Knight has said about basketball, "The mental is to the physical as 4 is to 1.".

The larger answer is "both". But these days I don't DO yoga FOR a benefit. I just do it for whatever it may bring. I've taken more of a process-oriented or experience driven perspective instead of an accomplishment oriented one.

That may or may not have anything to do with spirit.
A Better Me2010-07-04 14:12:36 +0000 #4
An interesting topic, but I find that if I want exercise alone I can go for a jog. I need a teacher that not only teaches me, but inspires me to be brighter and more open in my practice. I enjoy the spiritual side to the practice of yoga and the fact that there are so many things to learn about myself in each pose.

Nothing too deep but just an understanding that there is great joy to find in my practice.
geekyMary2010-07-04 15:03:06 +0000 #5
It depends on the day, I think. Some are more spiritual than others.



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