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Why Yoga?

Yoga is more than exercise. It is a system of tools for removing obstacles to living joyfully, understanding the self, living in the present and finding gratitude. This philosophy is more than five thousand years old and its core is based on creating body awareness, harmonizing body and the mind. It is an integrated method of synchronizing mind, body, and spirit to create a sense of connectedness with the universe. The word “yoga” is derived from the Sanskrit word “Yuj,” which means to join or unite.

The challenge of the physical postures of yoga (Asana) can open the physical body and bring the practitioner into harmony with unseen elements and forces shaping our lives through our responses to the physical world. It becomes a way of exploring mental attitudes and strengthening will, as we move into a state of grace that comes when balance is restored between our spiritual experience and the material world. The physical strength gained translates into greater spiritual strength, and an increase in the simple joy of living.

The benefits of yoga

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Yoga is non-competitive.

In today’s world, we hear so much about being the best and achieving the most. Yoga teaches kids that their bodies are different; different bodies do different things and all of them are okay. There is no one better or worse at yoga than anyone else; we are all just exploring our bodies and learning from them in our own way. Yoga is truly for every body.

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Yoga teaches self-acceptance.

In the same way that it provides children an opportunity to learn something that is non-competitive, it also teaches kids to accept and cherish themselves as they are. Again, with society sending so many messages of inadequacy, yoga teaches kids to love themselves. Learned young, this incredibly valuable lesson arms kids with the tools to fight off the increasing feelings of self-doubt that come during the teen years and beyond.

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Yoga encourages healthy habits.

Any exercise program begun in childhood helps kids to remain physically active and healthy as a lifestyle. However, yoga takes that further by teaching not only the healthy habits mentioned above, but also a healthy approach to eating and the ability to calm oneself and focus the mind.

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