Yoga at iSOHA with Patricia Pace. Why do we practice yoga?
Perhaps you have heard that doing yoga will ease your aching body or help you get into better shape.
The practice of hatha yoga has gained recognition and respect among many health professionals, including, but not limited to, doctors, physical therapists, massage therapists, psychiatrists, etc.
More and more people are being referred to the healing practice of yoga for a wide array of health conditions and problems, both physical and mental.
Of course, the healing power of yoga has been around for thousands of years.
Yogic philosophy appeared as long ago as 500 BC during the time of the Great Buddha. The well-known sage Patanjali is considered the founder of the yoga practice and philosophy, having written the teachings down in 150 AD in what is known as the Yoga Sutras.
In the late 1800’s the first English translation of Sanskrit Texts appeared. So Yoga is an ancient practice indeed.
But how and why is it relevant in the modern age? What does it do for us that say jogging doesn’t do?
Why are so many people gravitating to this popular technique?
In the current modern world, where the strains of life have become increasingly overwhelming, the world is turning more to Yoga in an effort to balance our bodies and enhance our sense of well-being.
For instance, there are a large variety of sports and physical exercise choices out there. Why not just go for a jog or go to the gym? Slowly, people are beginning to see that yoga opens a different door – a glimpse perhaps into our inner awareness…. A way of relaxing and settling within that is both calming and refreshing.
As we settle into a practice, yoga becomes a deep inward journey, offering a special time for self-reflection, compassion for ourselves and others and for enhanced personal growth, addressing the hectic modern age with the timeless wisdom of the Sages.
We practice Asanas or postures for optimal alignment, bringing us out of physical pain, possibly lowering our cholesterol, balancing our hormones
Pranayama or breathing exercises help us increase our breathing capacity, calm our mind, and help balance many physical health problems, including high blood pressure and anxiety.
If we are curious enough, the study of the sutras or yogic scriptures brings us in touch with our spiritual morals and personal observances, helping us to reach new levels of understanding, awareness and higher consciousness.
So yes, Yoga will help make us flexible, but it may also help to make us more centered and happy and well-adjusted human beings. The choice is ours and the possibilities are vast and endless.
We are so fortunate to be living in this modern age where this profound ancient practice is so available and at so many levels to suit everyone’s needs.
Om Shanti~Patricia Pace
Patricia Pace has studied and taught yoga for over four decades.Her path began as a teenager in the early 1970’s when she was initiated and certified through Integral Yoga Institute under the guidance of Sri Swami Satchidananda (meaning Truth, Knowledge, Bliss). Growing up close to Satchidananda Ashram, she was fortunate to immerse herself in the essence and principles of yoga, including hatha, pranayama, meditation, devotion and philosophy.
Her keen insight and awareness in health awareness inspired her to become certified in the healing arts as a massage therapist and ultimately led her to the alignment based study and practice of Iyengar Yoga for over 30 years.
She has also studied and practiced a variety of movement inspired practices including Ashtanga, Anusara and Wisdom Flow Yoga.
She has taught in many schools and institutions in the United States before moving to Maui, Hawaii over 20 years ago. She currently teaches and leads retreats in Hawaii along with a thriving therapeutic massage practice.
Patricia’s classes and retreats offer a rich blend of alignment based practices, freedom of movement with breath awareness and spiritual inquiry.
She will be guest teaching workshops at the ISOHA in Prague during the month of August.
Classes will be both therapeutic as well as spiritually focused.