For years, millions of Americans have been performing the tranquil maneuvers of yoga to help them achieve healthy eyesight, foot pain relief and improved flexibility. According to some instructors, the holistic regimen – which originated many centuries ago in Asia – may also help enthusiasts connect more deeply with their innermost selves.
"The practice is actually opening people up to a more engaged life. In the '60s, there was this term 'drop-out.' Nowadays, I think what we need is this term: 'drop-in,'" said lecturer Michael Stone, quoted by the Vancouver Courier. "When you start going inward, you naturally also start going outward."
An author, activitist and Buddhist teacher, Stone runs a nonprofit yoga organization that aims to help people strengthen the bond between their minds and their bodies. Cementing this delicate union may be an effective method of improving their self-esteem as well as their physical well-being.
Whether you choose to engage in yoga's breathing exercises, poses and stretches for pain alleviation or stress relief, you may be certain that you are taking steps toward your full potential.