By Lisa Frank, M.Ed., Wellness Counselor and Yoga Instructor
Yoga is often depicted in today’s society by women in tight colorful pants posing in twisted positions. However, this ancient practice offers as many benefits to our mental-emotional-social state as to our physical one. Yoga in Sanskrit means “union”, it is a way of living in conscious connection with all. All parts of us, all beings everywhere, all of the universe. A way of cultivating mind and body connection, deeper connection to one’s true Self, and connection with humanity. In a quest for belonging, acceptance, and meaning, yoga provides a way. Its rich teachings can be applied on the mat and perhaps more importantly can translate as lessons to help us be our more realized selves off the mat. Here is a toolbox of lessons to get you started.
Mat as Mirror
The mat is a mirror of self-discovery to help us become more conscious of what's happening in the new now. Pay attention to your breath and body in the present moment and you will become more self-aware and able to reflect yourself clearly to the world.