It’s easy to feel overwhelmed in a yoga class if you’re a beginner. The moves seem confusing and, let’s admit it, kind of painful.
Practitioners say the spiritual practice of yoga can provide physical as well as mental well-being. “Yoga isn’t actually something you can ‘do,’” says Pari Bradlee, a yoga instructor at Tranquil Space near Dupont Circle. “The word ‘yoga’ means ‘union’ or ‘the natural state,’ which is happiness. What we do are the actual yoga poses.”
Yoga poses help reveal where you are resisting your state of happiness, she says. Pain or discomfort in the body is seen as an outgrowth of inner resistance. “Yoga makes you aware of these areas of resistance,” says Bradlee. “You can leave the practice as a more aware, enlightened, and joyful being.”Read More …
Source : washingtonian.com