“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
As explained by the Vietnamese Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, the breath is the key for calming us down, and bringing us back to our own center. In yoga, we believe that by creating a deep connection with ourselves, through conscious breath, we can achieve domain over ourselves. As you move in a yoga class, as you listen to the teachings and as you relax your breath -- paying attention to what keeps you alive -- you start the journey back home. You return to your peace and the ultimate nature of your mind.
Another wonderful yoga master, B.K.S. Iyengar, explains that yoga is an ancient but perfect science that deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of ones being, from bodily health to self-realization.
Yoga means union - the union of body with consciousness, and consciousness with the soul. Yoga can help you to maintain a balanced attitude in day-to-day life, and will endow you with skills you can use in the performance of many types of actions. When you do the yoga postures, you may reveal to yourself where you are resisting your natural state so that you can release and relax. It sounds complex, but at the same time it's simple: you just need to start breathing and moving. Yoga is the balancing and joining together of our energy, mind and body.
If you've never tried yoga before, just one class will open you up to the different ways to experience stability, develop control over your emotions, gain more physical stamina, become more intuitive, focus and hopefully become more balanced in different situations in your daily life.
Give it a try, and see how your life will improve!