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The Goal of Yoga.
“(No, it’s not handstand).
The yoga pose is not the goal. Becoming flexible or standing on your hands is not the goal. The goal is to create space where you were once stuck. To unveil layers of protection you’ve built around your heart. To appreciate your body and become aware of the mind and the noise it creates. To make peace with who you are. The goal is to love,…well, you. Shift your focus and your heart will grow.” -Rachel Brathen
Interested in yoga in Denver, but these thoughts keep crossing your mind?
The benefits of yoga go beyond just building flexibility. When we experience anxiety, trauma, and depression often our nervous system is activated. This may appear as calm on the outside, but inside you are feeling confused, panicky, and anxious. The nervous system is responsible for our fight, flight, and freeze responses. It is also responsible for our rest and relax states. Consequently, the nervous system regulates our physical and emotional responses.
Focusing on our breath helps us attune to our bodies. First of all, our bodies are intelligent resources that can give us many clues for healing. Secondly, society teaches us to disconnect from our bodies. While thinking and problem solving has incredible benefits, it takes us away from the innate healing power that our bodies possess. Our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs impact our biology. As a result, our body responds to emotions. Yoga strengthens our mind-body connection. Nurturing the mind-body connection helps to bring emotions back into balance.
Yoga is about cultivating a non-judgemental space for you to explore sensations, thoughts, and feelings. Especially relevant, the mindfulness of a yoga practice lends in learning to not attach meaning to thoughts, feelings, or beliefs that arise. Overall, yoga in Denver supports you in learning to trust yourself! Discovering what calm, confident, and empowered feels like on the mat is only part of the practice. Furthermore, how we interact and engage with our environment off our mats is a true test. Attuning to our internal states and building awareness around how our minds and bodies interact strengthens our connection with self. Often these shifts can be observed in feeling less reactive in relationships with others.