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Three yoga goals
Yoga is used in countless ways to achieve countless objectives. Some people just like the exercise. Some pursue a richer mind-body experience. Others find it calming.
It's obvious that one style can't achieve every objective. Here's what I try to accomplish in my practice and in my teaching.
Yoga exercise strengthen postural muscles. These are the muscles that we use most often in the simple acts of sitting and standing. Yet most exercise programs neglect postural muscles.
Yoga also promotes flexibility. This is good for everyone and especially those of us who are aging. Without flexibility, our bodies tend to stiffen with age, limiting us each passing year. Yoga retards that process.
Being present is a powerful skill to develop. We tend to perform all tasks at a higher level if we are present and get greater satisfaction from the effort. And most of our unhappiness comes from thinking about the past and the future . Having the ability to bring the mind to the present is a powerful tool in promoting greater peace of mind.