I get asked a lot if Yoga is a religion?
So I answer them with another question... Riddle me this...
"Do you need it to be religion?"
In my opinion Yoga is whatever you need it to be. If you need peace, you can find peace, If you need acceptance, you will find acceptance. If you need exercise, yoga can be exercise. Whatever you need it to be in that moment, is what it will be. And it will change, almost every time you step on your mat.
Pretty beautiful, isn't it?
"Prayer is when you talk to God, meditation is when you listen to God" - Diana Robinson
Yoga, here in the West is typically practiced for it's physical movement and health benefits. To practice yoga asanas (poses or postures) can definitely help achieve better health and a fit lifestyle. But in your practice when you are also learning to be more mindful, to be more kind to yourself, and non judgmental of yourself on your mat, yoga (which actually means to join) unites mind, body, and spirit so it is no wonder that it may spill over and affect your life off the mat as well as on the mat.
Annnnnnd because you're probably asking at this point, "you mean yoga can be more than just movement? I will 'splain a little more...
There are 8 limbs to yoga, and asanas ,being just one.
In brief, the eight limbs, or steps to yoga, go a little something like this:
So as I said before, yoga can be anything you need in that time of need. It can be in gratitude, and it can be in suffering, it can be to get in touch with your spirituality, but it can always bring a better you, a truer you, on and off your mat.
"Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!"
We are all works in progress, my hope is that we may all bloom to our full potential, to be our radiant selves, so that our light may brighten others.
A Blooming Yogini is someone on a journey to their authentic self, a union of mind, body and spirit to a more healthy, thriving , and vibrant you.
Live. Love. Bloom.
Casandra Barnes - The Blooming Yogini