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How to do yoga

How to do yogaFirst, be yoga.

Yoga means “to yoke.” We see that sentence all over the place. What does it really mean? The act of yoking, or bringing together, forms a union of separate things.

Union:

  • of Breath and Body
  • of Body and Mind
  • of Soul with Creation
  • of Many with One

Yoga does not mean postures.

Asana loosely means “posture.” Asana refers to the poses that we see in yoga classes and pictures. Asana is one aspect of Yoga. Yoga is much more than asana. Yoga means “union.”
This union needs to be contemplated, wondered about, and experienced. Union-Yoga can be experienced any time at any place.
For me, when I am “being yoga,” I feel in harmony with myself and others. My body moves at the speed of my breath, my thoughts are settled, my Spirit is content. I experience fleeting moments of this union.
Asana is best practiced from this state of union. Asana movement on a yoga mat does not guarantee union. Union is accomplished within the Mind and is expressed as harmonized movement on the mat, stillness within meditation, or gracefully responding to life events.
Yoga is many things to many people.
What is yoga for you?
How to do yoga

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Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.

9 Comments

  1. Karan on July 21, 2016 at 10:53 am

    I never looked at Yoga this way. To me it was always doing the postures. Today I will spend time being Yoga. Thanks Cindy!!

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on July 21, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Wonderful! Enjoy your explorations.

  2. Caryl on July 22, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Thanks, Cindy, for explaining the difference between yoga and being yoga!☺

  3. William Parsons on July 23, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Then I guess it’s time for me to be yoga..

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on July 23, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      Enjoy!

  4. Avis Lyons on July 28, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I so appreciate the beauty of your generous spirit. I will study with you !!

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on July 28, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      I look forward to meeting you!

  5. Cleopatra Glanville on July 28, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Thank you,you enlightened my life with this lesson,yoga feels so much better..

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on July 29, 2016 at 7:01 am

      Very happy for you!!!!

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