Yoga puts you back with both feet on the ground!
The meaning of the word yoga is connecting. Yoga, as we know it in the West, is the physical approach of becoming aware of the connection between body and mind. This results in insights on self-reflection and self-knowledge and it contributes in a positive way to our physical and mental well-being.
The more experienced you get with physical yoga, the more you discover that you will be able to apply what you learn on the mat in your daily life.
At that moment it becomes a yoga lifestyle. Your attitude will begin to change. Things that were important to you before, now seem trivial and the appreciation for life grows. Therefore Jivamukti Yoga founder David Life says:
“Yoga is not for people who are interested in staying the same.”
You don’t have to be flexible to practice yoga. It might be a side result or it won’t, but that is not the point. The point is to reset your mind. Because of the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we often ignore the signals our body gives us. Yoga teaches you to recognize the signals more quickly; it makes you aware of your reactions and guides you to see things in a different perspective. We practice on the mat, but the real yoga (lifestyle) only starts, when you are able to apply the things you learned when you are not on the mat.