The Purpose of Yoga: Motivation for Better Health

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The Purpose of Yoga: Motivation for Better Health

yoga trainingBy Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Yoga, in all of its forms, creates positive energy. Positive energy will cause you to become successful, and live a life where powerful visions become reality. Your complete health will improve exponentially, as a result of a regular physical Yogic exercise practice.  Yoga training has so many good health aspects from which a person can benefit. Yet, some people see it only as a workout.  As a result of this perception, Yoga has become classified, in the west, as an exercise. Although Hatha, Kundalini, and Raja contain many different Yogic breathing exercises (Pranayama) and postures (Asanas), Yoga is not merely another physical exercise system.

Hatha Yoga is the most popular form of Yogic methodology outside India. Hatha is also known as the unity of mind, body, and spirit, through physical mastery. The initial results of regimented Hatha practice are physical fitness, motivation, clear thought, and increased energy.  There are many more benefits from long-term Hatha practice. If we could make a “Hatha Pill,” we would be billionaires!  The reason being: When some people hear the words, “physical fitness,” they think of torture, so they avoid Yogic exercise of any kind.  

Yet, the masses will gladly spend billions of dollars on ineffective, over the counter drugs, fad diet products, ineffective exercise gadgets, and life endangering pills, to try to manage their body weight.  So, a Hatha pill, with no side effects, would sell like hot cakes.  However, the Hatha pill is only part of my imagination and the ultimate dream of  career couch potatoes.  Yet, couch potatoes would benefit far beyond improving their physical health because Yogic methodology is not purely physical fitness, but it is complete health on the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional planes of existence.

The benefit of motivation, from regular Yoga training, is what makes it so different from all other health maintenance systems. Yoga can become a lifestyle because there is no torture.  Why do most diets fail? Why do most exercisers quit? Lack of motivation is the reason for diet and exercise failure. People already know they should eat better, walk more, exercise, and drink more water, but they need to maintain their level of motivation, without mentally burning out.

In Yoga practice, positive energy is all around the classroom. Positive energy creates motivation and creates powerful visions of success. The next step is to believe the powerful visions of success, which you see.  At the same time, some people have a fear of success. Maybe they inherently feel a lack of self-worth, but Yogic philosophy also works on improving this aspect of life. It is normal for people to feel apprehensive about change, but change is often one of the gateways to success.

Lastly, regular practice will lower stress levels, allowing you to sleep better, and feel energized the next morning. No wonder Yoga teachers and students are so full of motivation.  Yoga instructor training is a small step through a gateway and a life-long journey of self-acceptance and empowerment.  What you learn today will positively shape every life with which you come into contact.  Needless to say, Yoga teachers will always make motivation contagious.

© Copyright 2007 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

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