What is your why?

Why do we practice yoga?

There are as many answers to this question as there are stars in the sky!

Yoga is thousands of years old. The physical practice of yoga (asana), is one of the eight limbs of yoga. Since its origin, what we think of as yoga has undergone many changes, iterations, and branched off into many different styles. And in recent years, it's become more separated from its roots and is a popular form of exercise.

These days, the issue of cultural appropriation is a hot topic, with many sides to the debate over what it means, how to avoid it, or at the very least, how to be mindful of it. There is nothing wrong with doing yoga simply because it's a great "workout," but just know it has a rich, full history that goes way beyond a heated classroom and fancy mats.

This is the long way of me saying, there are a million different reasons you might be drawn to yoga, and they are all okay! Some of us are here for the "workout," some of us are here for the healing aspects of the practice, some of us are here for the stretchy parts.

What is your why?

It's a question worth asking, and most definitely a question worth answering. Hold on to that answer, and come back to it each time you are in class. Creating intentions is an important step to manifesting your desired results, after all!

Remember what brought you to practicing yoga. Each time you start a class, remember what brought you there, to that specific class on that specific day. And remember what you wish to embody and how you would like to feel.

You'll be glad you did.

6 thoughts on “What is your why?

  1. Deepti says:

    The most important question for any endeavor – the Why helps us stay on course and set new horizons. Excellent reminder for us all, Andrea. Thanks!

  2. Paul Preuss says:

    Hi Andrea —

    To answer your question(s), Debra and I, like many, many other people, miss seeing our friends and family more often, especially at close range (meaning we’re getting really tired of Zoom, although sometime Zoom does indeed open possibilities we would have missed otherwise — like your classes!). On top of boredom — easy to ignore with another good book (hurry up, Beverley 4) — we’ve had a rough August with lots of poisonous smoke. But even that is not a real problem, compared to the situation of those who have had to evacuate and especially those who have lost their homes and businesses.

    Bottom line, nothing REAL to complain about and, in fact, a great deal to be thankful for.

    As for my “why,” you put it succinctly: the stretchy parts. ‘Specially since I’ve lost way too much of my stretchiness in the last few years. Sore bits need lots of exercise, and none is better than what you lead us to in your classes.

    Thanks! You are one of the best things to happen to us in quite a while, pandemic or not.

    All best to you, Andrea,
    Paul & Debra

    • Andrea says:

      Thank you Paul & Debra – yes, many people have had a hard year. It’s ok to feel a little down or stressed though, but as you point out, it’s all relative. We all do the best we can. I’m just happy to be able to bring you something helpful – albeit over Zoom! (for now).

  3. Aggie Murch says:

    Dear Andrea,
    Loving your gentleness. For me the answer is ‘all of the above’. Mindfulness, practice and yes through stretchy bits. Keeping, or replenishing, fluidity in heart, mind and body Thank you and see you soon:)

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