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What’s YOGA -5/6 Cindy Li

There was one class we learned about what’s YOGA. Yoga is more than just a physical workout. Yoga increases body awareness, relieves stress, reduces muscle tension, strain and inflammation, shapens attention and concentration and calms nervous system.
I love the most the Eight limbs of Yoga which are core principles that serve as a compass for living a meaningful and purposeful life. One of the eight limbs is NIYAMAS means Observances. There’re five NIYAMAS:
•Saucha:(Cleanliness) Leave a place cleaner than you found it.
•Santosha:(contentment) Don’t worry, be happy!
•Tapas:(Burning impurities) When the going get tough, the tough gets going.”
•Svadyaya: (Self-study) Learn from your mistakes.
•Ishvarapranidhana:(Serrender) Have faith! Need to move on.
These are what I can’t agree more! Yoga is a practice of transforming and benefitting every aspect of life, not just the 60 minutes spent on a rubber mat. If we can learn to be kind, truthful and use our energy in a worthwhile way, we will not only benefit ourselves with our practice, but everything and everyone around us too.