Ananda chats with Dr Joe about the power of yoga as a tool for self reflection.
Self Reflection Through Yoga.
Usually, one will first come to yoga for the physical benefits of the practice. In itself that is a good enough reason, yet there is also a more enduring purpose. Hatha yoga can become a moving meditation practice by bringing the attention inward and moving awareness through the breath and body.
In this space we can process information with renewed clarity and it becomes the means by which we can find a more grounded sense of being in the world. This has a similar effect to the methods used in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to bring awareness back into the moment.
When I come to yoga, I sometimes wonder why I’m there and the practice of forming these shapes can seem a little weird. At a point during class however, something crystallizes and I feel at home. This is when I have dropped back into my body, breath, and the moment. With this, I can interrupt the stream of thoughts that connect my normal concerns, and begin to feel less constrained and more at peace with myself.
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