Studying Yoga

Your guide to finding an idyllic place to practice

Yoga is the ancient practice of gentle self care. I didn't fully understand it until the conclusion of my first yoga lesson when my instructor placed her hands together at her heart chakra and said "Namaste". Being a writer and a naturally curious individual, I looked up its meaning the following day.

I discovered that Namaste represents the Divine spark in each and every one of us. "Nama" means bow, "as" means I and "te" means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means, "I bow to you." In essence, it's the acknowledgement of one soul by another. It's a display of deep respect for the continuous circle of yoga student to yoga teacher.

Practicing yoga is a continual life-long journey. It might start with weekly classes at a beginner level and transform to a daily devotion, or end in your study to become a yoga teacher. That's just one of the many beautiful things that yoga teaches. Just like it stretches your body, it also opens your mind and body to endless possibilities.

The study of yoga can begin at any age. You are never too old, too overweight, too unfit, too ill, too injured or too pregnant to enjoy and benefit from yoga. There is a yoga class and teacher for every individual. You may choose to study yoga in a group or private setting. Some love the attention, time flexibility and assistance they get from private classes; while others benefit greatly from the sense of community, habitual nature and connectedness of group yoga.

There are many styles of yoga to choose from and many different yoga instructor personalities to experience in a wide variety of settings, under very diverse conditions. Take care to sample many yoga instructors, settings and styles to find the best fit for you.

For your added yoga pleasure, Yoga Insight features a store with yoga books, yoga magazines, yoga videos and yoga music.

The flexible are most blessed, for they shall never be bent out of shape. So remember to employ what you've learned in yoga class into your every day life. Breathe gently, relax and make space and time for what's important to your life and to your health.

Namaste,

Editor, Yoga Insight

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