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« Reply #7: October 12, 2007, 03:42:37 pm »

Do any of you incorporate yoga into your religious/spiritual practices?  If so, how do you go about this?  Just doing it, or taking some other approach to it?

I do! :-D
I'm actually thinking about becoming a yoga teacher eventually, but that's beside the point.
I have found that yoga can be a great method for shifting my energy levels. If i need to focus for a ritual, certain poses or breathing exercises can help me contain my energy and reign it in. Or if I need to raise a lot of energy, several rounds of Sun Salutation can do the trick. I also occasionally incorporate asana as an offering.

One thing people often say about yoga is that they don't want to try it because they're not very flexible. But what they don't understand is that in yoga, the point is never to push your body in a way that could result in pain or injury. The first and most important lesson of physical practice is that you must know your own boundaries. If you're exercising for your health, then it only makes sense that you treat your body as a friend or partner, not as an adversary that must be forced into one painful position after another. I often think of it as a conversation with my body. When I get into a pose where I'm uncomfortable, I need to slow down and have a talk with my body and find out what it needs. :-D
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