I can’t tell you how many new yoga students have come to me in their first weeks of yoga and said, “My husband (or wife) really wants to thank you for your classes.”
I know most people think the biggest benefit of yoga practice after a month of practice is flexibility. And while that is certainly one of the effects, the greatest gift is vitality and connection to our higher vibration self. I see people with so much more life force moving through them. They have more purpose, more joy and you can see it in their eyes.
They feel more connected to their bodies, to their communities and to the world. Life gets busy and very few of us have a connection to our innermost self. Whatever you call it—our soul, our inner light or just oxytocin—we have a cultural amnesia about this place in the heart.
We don’t have sacred spaces or time to move stuck emotions out of body so we can get in touch with this place. When we connect to this place, we end up being kinder to ourselves and all those around us.
One thing that I know for certain: Yoga is less about touching your toes than touching your heart.