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What I Have Learned From Doing Yoga For Over 10 Years

From the way my yoga teachers see it, I have a huge gift that everyone should try: the ability to hold your breath for five minutes. As a result, my body is lighter and I am more flexible. I feel more in tune with my body: the muscles don’t feel tight when I’m at work, and my blood is flowing better than ever. And that’s not just my experience with yoga: it’s also what the studies show is true in all professions and settings where people exert themselves for a long time. That’s called lifelong aerobic fitness.

My yoga teachers and instructors all agree I have the ability to hold my breath for five minutes. I don’t do any particular exercises that require this ability; my practice centers on stretching and breathing exercises. It’s my way of being in tune with my body and being able to remain flexible for a long time, which can be found in all careers and settings and all ways of exerting ourselves. That’s the gift I enjoy: the ability to remain in tune with my body.

I’ve always found yoga to be a great way to stay in tune with my body and be flexible; I like that it encourages me to keep learning new things and to continue learning to relax and to be aware of how I think and feel. I like that I have developed some of my flexibility and strength through yoga. It’s like using a muscle that you’ve got already – you use it regularly, and you develop a sense of it inside of you. But it’s not hard, so you don’t have to do a lot when you just start doing it. The same can be said of aerobic fitness, or being aware of your body and your body’s physical limitations and how you react to them. It’s similar to how muscle strength develops: you use regular sessions to start building a stronger muscle, and when you do that repeatedly and consistently you get that muscle. Your yoga teacher or trainer can help you get there.

With yoga, the more you experience it over time the better you become in regards to it: because your practice requires you to continue doing it, which brings you to deeper levels of understanding, which in turn raises your level of awareness and sensitivity. The more you practice, the better you become. That’s a lot of the essence of aerobic fitness: to keep doing it and improve.

In my experience, yoga is a great way to have a great relationship with your body. It also helps you to feel good and improve physically and mentally. You get a lot of benefits at one time, because you are able to do many things at once (which is why you learn different things in different times of the day). You develop awareness of your body, and of your mind’s thoughts, and a certain level of resilience and flexibility. And if you want, you may try other things and become better at them as well: that’s how we learn.

“The more I practice, the better I become in regards to it.”

When we are in meditation, our bodies and minds are peaceful, relaxed, in balance. We have a sense of peace (you can do that by doing your own practice of meditation, though you cannot have that effect unless both body and mind are in a deep state of relaxation). Some people are so peaceful that they have no thoughts at all (the peaceful ones who do nothing at all are still calm and peaceful). This is like that.

With this state, we become aware of the nature of our own thoughts and beliefs, but we also have a sense that we are still not fully safe and sound: the state of having thoughts is dangerous, because thoughts lead us to making bad actions – we think something makes us safe or it makes us happy, but the thought may make us unsafe or unhappy, leading us to do something we would never otherwise have done.

It’s like that moment when you are driving slowly down a road, and you’re in a situation where you can get caught behind someone.