Yoga and your lifestyle
As yoga instructors our first duty is to impress upon you that yoga is so good for you that you'll want more and more and more. It's true and we shamelessly admit it. Yoga teachers seek little in the way of fame or huge incomes. In most cases we have a wonderful story of transformation that was made possible through the ancient practice of this art thus we are driven to share the gift that has been given to us.
The common question is "will this interfere with my religious practices?" The answer is NO. In fact many studios don't have a Sunday class because many people are in church. Yoga and meditation brings you closer to yourself. The harbingers of many world religions were known to practice some form of meditation, or chanting, or movement. The main point is realizing that magic place inside you where your spirit resides. We focus on helping you find your center… that can be a spiritual practice unto itself or bring you closer to the one you already have.
*Hatha or Asanas (physical exercise) yoga is but a larger expression of what are known as the "Eight limbs of Yoga" as expressed by a person known as Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. The term Yoga means Union: Union of Body, Mind and Soul. Yoga is not a religion but is rather like an onion. Practice of Hatha expresses physically if not mentally physical and mental clarity and a recharge of the spirit. Hatha prepares us for the stillness of meditation, the centeredness and clarity of mind, hence: union. The more you peel the onion if you care to, the deeper into the spiritual aspects of yoga you can discover. But you can stay at whatever layer you wish and reap incredible benefits!
This yogi is a great proponent of finding the magic wherever you can. I personally attend 6 studios as a client and sometimes as a teacher and drop in just about anywhere if I have a chance. It deepens my expression and understanding of Hatha, plus it spreads the Yoga Community Energy around. Yoga should be shared and not proprietized that yoga should be shared as a culture. The studio owners I appreciate the most foster and promote this attitude with the staff and its students. Intent Yoga center, the studio where I most often teach has a motto: "Carry Om" this is important in that once you roll up your mat that you smile and carry the peace and joy you've created for yourself with your practice out into the world. We hope that you infect others with your joy!
*Although Hatha is labeled as a style in many circles, it is an ancient term and is commonly believed to be the term related to the physical expression of the yoga poses.