By Gopi Rao
Yoga is a great tool for self-empowerment. The word Yoga actually means union with the divine. The beauty and empowering part of Yoga is that the practice teaches the student how to take care of his or her health on all levels.
Additionally, a Yoga student learns how to nourish the sense of divinity within through spiritual practices. These practices develop self-empowerment because they necessitate self-responsibility. As a student’s sense of self-responsibility grows, the student will become established in the knowledge that it is his or her responsibility to create and sustain a state of vibrant good health.
Yoga is very self-empowering because the student learns how to create and sustain his or her own physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. The practice of Yoga has been around for many thousands of years because it works so well for so many people.
Physically, Hatha Yoga offers a sequence of postures that strengthen, stabilize and tone the whole body. Hatha Yoga also helps to balance the endocrine system, which in turn helps to modulate moods and ameliorate sleeping problems.
After a student learns a variety of Yoga techniques and sequences, he or she can easily practice alone or in a class context. Either way, the student will then have the tools necessary to develop and maintain a strong Hatha Yoga practice without relying on any external authority or setting. This self-reliance leads to a deep sense of self-empowerment.
Many people struggle with difficult times through different phases in their lives. Some of these struggles may cause stress, anxiety, grief, or depression. The tools offered by a regular Yoga practice help the student to witness, tolerate, and manage these emotions in a healthy way.
The practice, science, and art of Yoga entices the student to stay in whatever feeling is arising, breathe into and through it. A Yoga practitioner can gently and compassionately release the energy and tension surrounding a negative feeling.
This witnessing technique teaches the Yoga student the ability to tolerate feelings without being pulled into them and overwhelmed. This skill also breaks the backbone of chemically addictive behavior by giving the student tools to tolerate a negative feeling and release it without self-medicating.
Ultimately, this skill is incredibly self-empowering to the student because he or she is able to manage and modulate different emotional states in a healthy way, without being dependent on any external source or teacher.
Truly, the practice of Yoga is incredibly self-empowering. The dedicated practitioner will learn a variety of techniques, tools, poses, and meditation practices to sustain and nourish a deep sense of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
At the beginning of a student’s journey, there is a learning curve where the student may be dependent on a Yoga teacher, studio, or DVD to teach him or her the tools necessary to build a balanced practice.
As the student’s Yogic knowledge deepens, he or she will become independent and self-empowered in utilizing the tools that Yoga offers to create vibrant health and well-being on all levels.
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