In a society full of mumbo-jumbo and hustle and why would I want to add more mysticism and strangeness to my life with yoga?
A. That's simple. Although it is often infused with a lot of mystical and foreign sounding words and concepts, at it’s core yoga it is about the self.
So now ask yourself another question –
Q. In a world full of selfishness why do something that’s all about the self?
A. Again, the answer is as simple as it is complex. When you do something to recharge your “self” you create an energy reserve which creates an added ability to give of that "self".
Every day that you work and do things for family and friends you are giving away your own precious life force. By practicing meditation and yoga you restore that energy. After the replenishment you, then, have more to give to yourself and to others. Doctors and pundits alike will tell you that STRESS KILLS. The way it kills is slow and cumulative. It is a continual depletion of emotional and physical energy, empathy, and resources that accumulates until it adversely affects your well being,
your health and the health and well being of the people you come in contact with.
It is not unlike unplugging your cell phone but leaving the unused charger plugged in at home. The charger does absolutely no good to your phone since it’s not plugged in while it continues to cost you money and wastes energy because it’s still drawing current from the wall. Health experts are in agreement that we need to reduce our stress, but how? One of the best ways is to work your body. Our human bodies were never designed to be sedentary. Sitting on a couch in front of the TV, talking (or playing) on a cell phone, staring into a computer screen, sitting at a desk, or driving a vehicle for 18 hours a day becomes physically, morally, and emotionally stress inducing.
Our bodies were designed for work. We are equipped with the ability to work for what we need. After exertion we need some time to rest and recharge so we are capable of more work. We can continue the work/rest cycles until finally we have just enough reserve to make one last heavy exertion in order to get to the fruits of our labor to a convenient place and to use our new resources. Finally, at night, we sleep to allow the mind and body to regenerate for the next day. Our modern life does its' very best to interrupt the natural cycles that we are designed for.
Activities, like yoga, help to restore our natural mind - body - breath rhythms by stretching muscles, ligaments, fascia, your diaphragm, and your mind. Working your body, calming your mind and using your breath reinvigorates your sleep cycles, enhances your health, can decrease your weight, and even lower your blood pressure. You'll even find that you've got more energy
It's your life, your health, your practice - Namaste