As we begin a new 10-week session, it will be helpuful for us to remember that when you practice yoga, go at our own pace. Even though we come together in fellowship to practice yoga, yoga is a very personal endeavor. Remember the exercise we did at the beginning of class where we stretched out our hands - so hard that it was difficult to do, then we backed off a little bit? That is how to approach yoga. Find the challenge in the pose that is right for you. Find the level of challenge that allows you to breathe easily. Find peace in the pose.
People come to yoga for a lot of reasons. Some want to lose weight, some want to gain flexibility, some are curious. I think you will find practicing yoga has many many benefits. I hope you found that you felt better after the first class. As you continue your practice you will begin to cultivate awareness, awareness of your abilities and limitations, how you react to difficulty and how you accept ease. And then take this new awareness and the lessons learned from yoga into the rest of your life.
So let's practice yoga together, while developing individually, so that we can strengthen our bodies, quiet our minds, open our hearts and spirits and develop awareness of our personal abilities so that we can use them to serve others and do God's will.
I'm glad you came. See you next week.
Blessings and Namaste,
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