Yoga was created for liberation and to improve both physical and mental health, helping become more productive, more compassionate, more responsible, along with becoming more aware of this planet and the repercussions of how we choose to live.
How exactly does yoga work?
The answers lie in the synergy of body and mind.
“The mind we have today is no different from the minds that people had two thousand, or even five thousand years ago. We suffer, we struggle, we experience joy and desire, and we question, we investigate. The quest to know ourselves, to question who we are and what we are doing here is not new to us; it is in fact a part of us to question like this, and it is this impulse that drove people to create systems of yoga thousands of years ago, and is the same impulse that drives so many to practice it today” says Eddie Stern, renowned yogi and author of One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life.
Yoga teachers believe that we should practice yoga in the same way, with the same importance each day. The physical practice (yoga asanas / postures) will improve blood flow to clean our body internally, strengthen the muscles, bones, and internal organs. When combined with the breath - it is shown to thicken the layers of the cerebral cortex (the part of the brain associated with higher learning) and increase neuroplasticity which helps us learn new things and change the way we do things. When we combine the physical practice with the breath - we calm the nervous system, emotions and focus the mind.
Daily practice is a priority - you don’t have to practice to the point of exhaustion - doing a little bit each day makes yoga become the priority, a daily habit that makes up the rhythm of our life.
Practice only begins to pay off when done with regularity and sincerity ~ Vyasa.