unearthing the inner yogi 

Yoga initiates a number of changes in the body and psyche that are deep, fundamental, and long-lasting. My first American student asked me whether she should quit smoking in order to practice yoga. I said no and let the matter rest. She continued to perform the asanas regularly. Three months later she came to me pretty agitated and said, I can't smoke anymore! I mean it just makes me nauseous.

The serious student of yoga may find her body loosening up in a geometric progression. At the same time such a deep transformation in patterns of holding our bodies that may have been unchanged for generations (think about something physical you do with your body such as slouching and think about your parents, grandparents, tracing it back in time) are bound to result in a profound release of some sort. The release may come in the form of sudden bouts of crying or laughter, inexplicable anger, or a general sense of distress. These should not be cause for alarm. They will pass.

On the bright side the student of yoga progressively experiences a deeper connection with her body, a greater acceptance of her natural beauty, and embarks on a journey like no other. The Ancients called this the journey of Breath, a word in Sanskrit that also means the journey of Soul.

Peace and Love,


 Abhay Ghiara is a life-long yoga practitioner who studied yoga and yoga philosophy at the Aurobindo Ashram and Bombay University. He now lives in Berkeley, California and teaches yoga to a wide range of students. 

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