WHY DO YOU DO YOGA?

Recently, I have found myself asking: Why do I do yoga?

For a bit of context, I started practicing Yoga while I was in college. I had enrolled in a class entitled “performance elements” because:  (1) it was offered by one of the popular professors in the dance department, Debra Fernandez, and (2) all the upper class men seemed to arrange their schedules around this course. So, being the person that I was with the information available to me at the time, I signed up for the course.

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While this story remains true, I have found myself wondering what is it about the practice that has kept me coming back long after Skidmore, Deb, and the social circle in which I was attempting to gain entry.

From what I have observed, it seems that I have remained an ardent student of yoga because the lessons learned within the confines of my practice – the small and incremental elements that daily test my balance, strength, patience, persistence, and sense of self – have helped me acquire the necessary skills to better perform in other areas of my life including within the relationships I have with myself and others. This truth is the reason that I continue to do yoga. 

The question I have for you, is why do you do yoga?

What is it about this practice – and its various elements of breath work (pranayama), physical postures (asana), social observances and personal restraints (yamas and niyamas), and meditative/introspective practices – that keep you coming back? What needs is the practice of yoga able to fulfill for you that nothing else seems able?