Yoga: What is ‘It’?

IT is a practice, nothing more or less. IT can be practiced slow and steady or fast and flowing. Sometimes IT is practiced in intense heat and other times IT is practiced in a cool breeze. IT has no score, no championship. In fact, IT doesn’t even have a score.  But still people continue to practice IT.

What is IT?  IT is yoga. The question is … why do so many people practice yoga?

  • Yoga is do-able: IT is a practice that meets students where they are at any given time and can be practiced to accommodate physical restraints. Many students incorporate working with a yoga therapist to address specific concerns such as chronic conditions, illness, stress, addiction, stretching/cross training, or relaxation.
  • Yoga supports the individual: Every person is unique. The tool of a yoga practice incorporates a person’s body, breath, and mind, which is completely different for everyone. Because of this, yoga student should not compare their yoga practice to anyone else’s. In today’s competitive society, many yoga students find freedom in this.
  • Yoga creates physical balance: “Yoga provides the body an opportunity to move our joints and muscles their full range of motion which can break up the limited mechanical movements of our days. In doing so, yoga helps to slow down degeneration and promotes healthy joints and muscles.” – Maggie Reese, DPT, RYT.
  • Yoga has many styles: Let’s face it, some people are as flexible as a rubber band and others as stiff as a board. Some students prefer a heated room while others can sweat at the thought of doing a yoga pose. There are many different styles of yoga so it is important to do your research and find the one that is right for you.

No matter how a person decides to practice IT, yoga is about learning to be comfortable in your one’s skin.  IT is a mental practice of quieting the mind.IT is about learning how we can best support our well being and our individual journey.

Debbie Denny is a yoga therapist and the director of the Therapeutic Yoga Center of Memphis, located at Midtown Massage and Bodywork in Cooper-Young.



Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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