There are many obvious benefits to yoga, for example: better breathing, a limber body, a stronger immune system, a better ability to cope with depression. But then there are the other ones, the unusual benefits, the edgy ones, the ones worth exploring.
Here are 32 of the most notorious to me:
This has transcended into other areas of my life as well, for example, I notice that being present for conversations that take place in daily life is also a “practice” a “discipline”, or minding the type of veggies I select when at the supermarket, or the way the spinach is washed. Discipline is a practice.
Getting on the mat every day for an hour and a half has taught me to use my energy with care, to ensure it will last for the session. This again has manifested as I go through the day, for example I notice the way in which I am speaking. Am I using too much energy in speaking too loudly? or, am I trying too hard where it is not necessary? Maybe trying to convince someone of something?
You would think that it was not a far stretch for someone who left her country of origin and came to a whole new paradigm in the United States with no money and no connections, and that was a good learning curve, but since yoga began taking root in my life, the uncertainties doubled, and faith kicked in. And further embrace of uncertainty had to happen, it just had to.
We notice how lucky we are to be here in human form, to have choices, for us in the West we also notice how blessed we are to have access to food, jobs, basic necessities, the time and space and the mental space to practice yoga. We are blessed.
32 Unusual yoga quotes that jolt me back into center
32 Unusual things I look forward to doing next time I visit Mysore, India
32 Unusual things I learned in my yoga journey so far
32 Unusual things I am grateful for
32 Unusual ways to practice yoga off the mat
32 Unusual things I learned at Yoga Teacher Training
32 Unusual ways to improve our yoga practice
32 Unusual ways to practice concentration
32 Unusual ways to love ourselves