Is your yoga working?

by Christina on July 23, 2010

“If the practice has any value at all, it’s because of the changes that occur outside of the yoga practice.” 

 ~John Campbell 

I liked his explanation for why yoga works outside of the practice:

Yoga eases some of our physical pain and strengthens our mind, “making us less prone to self-absorbed and dysfunctional behavior.”

When we have fewer worries on our mind, we naturally think less about ourselves and think more about other people.

5 things your yoga should be doing:

  • Fewer self-obsessed thoughts
  • Better interactions with others
  • More compassion towards others
  • More sensitivity
  • More creativity 

If these are not happening, then the yoga is not working (or you may not be being guided properly).

It’s so easy to get stuck in the self-focused physical practice (I want to jumpback, do a handstand, grab my heels in kapotasana, get the next pose, on and on). But the important question to continually ask myself is: “Is the yoga actually working?”

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Rebecca July 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I LOVE this!

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Claudia July 23, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Yes, that is a great way to put it, that is indeed a very good test to see if yoga is working… wonderful!

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JodiB July 26, 2010 at 1:13 pm

I just found, and absolutely love, your blog. Well said! Its so easy to get caught up in wanting to do the next level pose, bend deeper, but there is just so much more…..all comes back to being present in the moment to appreciate and learn from it.

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Christina July 26, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Hi JodiB – thanks so much for reading and I'm looking forward to more of your comments!!

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Janaki July 26, 2010 at 9:41 pm

This is a lovely post! I have found yoga to be a beneficial practice that has the power to heal the world if we as individuals choose to do the work and share the experience.
Om!

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