A Course of Action

Yoga can be a way of preventing diseases.

Last Friday, I entered a 300-hour Comprehensive Yoga Therapy Teacher Training. In preparation, we were to skim through a 600-plus page book named A Physiological Handbook for Teachers of Yogasana by Mel Robin. Instead of skimming, I found myself reading every word, not wanting to miss one single sentence. I love this book!

This book discusses the common ground of yoga poses and breathing techniques to the functions of the body/mind as put forth by Western Medicine. Mel Robin writes, "One should be aware that even if a student is in fit condition, performance of the therapeutic poses and sequences can still be of great value, as they act as prophylactics against future conditions not otherwise active at present."  A Course Of Action To Prevent Disease. Ahh, the love radiates right from my heart sending warmth to my body.

In searching for the reason I experienced immense pain throughout my body, not 1 of the 7, really good, doctors I encountered put forth the idea to begin a yoga practice. In the number of MRIs I received, it was the technicians that spoke of taking some deep breaths as I entered into the claustrophobic machine. You can be sure, I listened.

Recently, I heard a story of a 20-year-old girl who has significant inflammation of the brain. Her doctor declared the only prescription he can prescribe is yoga, four times a week.

Where does disease begin?

In my yoga practice, subtle shifts have taken place allowing me to stop and open my eyes.  I see that my past efforts have hurt my body. The trying too hard. The perfectionist mind, working hard to get it all "right." My mind wandered to pleasing everyone else, without honoring the mental and physical limitations of my body.

So this fall, I eagerly enter a new yoga program to grow as a teacher and as a student.  It is here, I will continue to learn and understand the complex details of what I already know innately. Practiced regularly and mindfully, yoga heals.

Cher Rago, ryt
be loved yoga

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