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Why go for yoga anyway?

jezheath2010-07-04 20:14:35 +0000 #1
Reading questions from people about yoga and how to combine it with other exercise routines sparks my curiosity towards why people start getting involved with yoga. Do the strongest drivers relate to:

Physical - appearance

Physical - health

Injuries (recovery or avoidance)



Obviously a practitioner may find many or all of these things (without trying or knowing it) But if there was one thing that got you started what would it be...

I myself got started because I believed it would cure my poor posture and related back aches and pains. Which it has. I continue because I enjoy it far more than say the gym or running.

Very interested to hear the views and experiences of others.
Alix2010-07-04 20:19:50 +0000 #2
I got started because I needed to strengthen my back after messing it up pretty badly. That was about 7 years ago (or is it 9?) and I haven't looked back. The reasons I stayed with it are numerous. My body said a very loud THANK YOU, and I listened to that. I noticed that my heart felt more peaceful too, so that was a big one for me.

I'm not any more than an absolute rank beginner, but it just makes me feel so good both body and soul that I don't think I will ever give it up.
A Better Me2010-07-04 21:03:38 +0000 #3
I started about 12months(Ashtanga) because a friend suggested this particular studio. I had been doing Pilates for several years but physically found no challenge in it anymore. So I guess initially it was to replace an existing exercise routine and now it is so much more than that. Now the challenges that I face are not as simple as physical but I must work through the fear I encounter in my practice regularly. Some days are better than others, but the effort put forth is so rewarding to me so many ways.
Hubert2010-07-04 20:46:00 +0000 #4
My asana practice is therapeutic in nature. It also has an egoistic part. I use to observe people, I like to watch them, how they are, how they look, how they move. (Part of my job as an architect, is to witness and be aware of little aspects of human life) I found that young athletic males have a ceirtan posture, where the pelvis is pushed forward, the abdomen flat and the upper body leans back ... as if they were bending from the hip area. I liked that image, of confidence, youth, and leanness ... compared to it most middle aged or elderly people have bellies, they are bent forward, lack abdominal tone, and alltogheter they look miserable.

I simply wanted to have that appeareance. When I found that working out, weight training did not approve this, as my belly was gone, but my abdomen was still protruding, I realized this is a postural problem generated by a lot of sitting. I probably spent third of my lifetime sitting. Tight hamstirngs and calves, compressed, overarched lombar spine, slight kyphoscoliosys, I had them all. This lead me to asana practice ... but the real reson in turning to yoga was other, and earlier, a more emotional one.
xela2010-07-04 22:07:03 +0000 #5
I started to practice after I had a knee injury from running. I haven't run since!
Pandara2010-07-04 21:50:53 +0000 #6
My doctor one day wrote me a prescription after sitting in front of her with back ache again. The prescription was to start yoga immediately with the telephone number of my current teacher, Sri Durga Devi, never looked back and my back ache is something of the past. The big surprise was however, that for the first time in my life there was something that made sense to me and the road to discovery has been and still is great so far. It never ends and I love it.

Personally the rewards has been great for me, I am blessed with a great teacher who imparted her knowledge with great love and always pushed me to discover more of who Am I and as she always says:"A yogi never gives up no matter what, stick to your path and you will reap the benefits."
Savannah2010-07-04 20:40:04 +0000 #7
i started (actually re-started) my practise after having a debilitating 'pain in the neck' (which clearly was a physical manifestation of my inability to make a decision re a dilemma i found myself in). i have been consistently practising now for over a year, the neck pain was resolved within 6 weeks, now i really enjoy the centering and balancing aspects of yoga, and the equilibrium of mind, body and spirit.


TinyE2010-07-04 21:46:53 +0000 #8
I started practicing yoga a few months before I got surgery for a long-lived with digestive disease. I was so ill, in pain and depressed. I could not really do anything. So, I took a prenatal class as I figured it would be gentle on my highly protected belly area. It was wonderful! 9 years later I am a loyal practitioner of many forms of yoga as well as a teacher of Yoga Therapy. I really love it and fully believe in its power to heal on every level.



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