Thursday, March 15, 2012

What do Madonna, Wayne Dyer and Eckhart Tolle Have in Common?

They’ve been on television, graced the pages of magazines, written books, have throngs of fans and yes, all have a few words to say about yoga. Thanks to the celebrity status, yoga has turned into an option for people across the globe to create a healthier body, physically and mentally. As celebrities testify to the benefits of yoga, more and more people are checking in to see what all the hype is about. See the common thread that keeps students coming back for more...

Dr. Wayne Dyer, world-renowned self-help advocate, author, inspirational and lecturer -"I'm an inch taller since I started doing yoga because it stretches the spine. It doesn't just teach us to be flexible in our physical world, but to be flexible in our thinking and keeps us balanced. Because I am a public speaker, I first noticed a difference in my mind. I started thinking better and my lecturing was more focused. I didn't have to take notes on what I was going to say. I also noticed I was sleeping better. Practicing yoga works every part of your body not just the outer part, but the inner parts like your thyroid, pituitary gland, and your digestive system.”

Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now and A new Earth - “Spiritual practices that involve the physical body, such as t’ai chi, qigong and yoga are increasingly being embraced in the western world. These practices do not create a separation between body and spirit and are helpful in weakening the pain-body. They will play an important role in global awakening.”

Madonna - “Yoga is a metaphor for life. You have to take it really slowly, You can't rush. You can't skip to the next position. You find yourself in very humiliating situations, but you can't judge yourself. You just have to breathe, and let go. It is a workout for your mind, your body and your soul."

The reasons for practicing yoga can be different for everyone. With a restless mind and body, I stepped onto a mat for the first time over 13 years ago. A single mother, operating my own salon business, I’d just called off a wedding two weeks before the big day. Unable to sleep at night, my sister in law borrows me a Rodney Yee yoga tape “P.M. Practice.” I was hooked. On my path to self-realization, yoga has been the solid thread that keeps bringing me back to a deeper exploration of the self. The change occurs as I take a look within and take responsibility for my life.

The benefits of yoga are deep and long lasting. There is no one other exercise avenue you can take that will address all of these issues in one simple session. For those of you that think yoga is too easy, I encourage you to try one class. You may find it is just what you are looking for.