If this still seems very hokey to you, then take a challenge. Sit down in a quiet space and allow yourself to be fully in the present moment, without thinking, without itching, and just be.
How long can you do that for? Do you notice that within the first 30 seconds or a minute, your mind has already drifted away? Thoughts come in and you forget that you are thinking because you identify with each thought. Minutes can turn into hours, and you forget that you have been daydreaming and not living. When our minds are in the past, thinking about what was or what can be, we are not living in the present moment.
“Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now. And that’s a revelation for some people: to realize that your life is only ever now.” ― Eckhart Tolle
Yoga is a gateway into the present moment. A practice of mindfulness and connection to your higher being and energy.
Yoga Asana classes are also a great way to loosen and stretch the physical body. Everyone has stiffness and discomforts as the years go on, and some may even have injuries and chronic pain. Physical yoga is a wonderful way to keep your joints healthy and mobile. There is never a disadvantage to stretching.
There are some people who find it boring, claiming that the mind is not given enough stimuli. But that is the point. To quiet the mind and focus on ease. The first few classes might be hard, but with practice, as your muscles build strength, it becomes easier. The benefits of coming out of your head and into your body are endless. You feel your whole life shift and your electrical frequency heightens.
If you have silly thoughts such as “well yoga is only for women,” then you need to know to understand that such thoughts only limit your life. Both men and women participate in yoga to reap the benefits and they have been for many years.
“Yoga is not about touching your toes. It is what you learn on the way down.” – Jigar Gor
Yoga can be for everyone because it is a method to help detach from stress, worry and the chaotic world we sometimes live in, while also helping our bodies become more mobile and flexible.