Why does doing yoga give us more confidence? It is simple. It gives us greater understanding and control of the vessel in which we exist - our body. And it makes that vessel stronger and more capable.
Do you remember when you were 15 years old and you got behind the wheel of a car for the first time? How slowly, awkwardly and timidly you operated? You didn't understand the machine you were operating, so you did it with caution. The same is true for our bodies.
When we disregard our bodies, when we let them get stiff and weak, feed them bad food, we lose the connection. We become like a 15 year old behind the wheel of a car. We move slowly, awkwardly and cautiously. Yoga practice is largely about understanding and connecting to this wonderful piece of machinery we were all given - our body. We test it, we stretch it, we strengthen it, we give it the right fuel. It is no wonder that our confidence builds, our comfort and ease build.
This journal honors my ongoing experience with the practice, study and teaching of yoga.
1) Sridaiva Yoga: Good Intention But Imbalanced
2) Understanding Chair Posture
2) Why I Don't Use Sanskrit or Say Namaste
3) The Meaningless Drudgery of Physical Yoga
5) Beyond Bikram: Why This Is a Great Time For Ghosh Yoga