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My limbs were shaking and sweat was pouring off of me. In between grunts, groans, and whimpers, there was a continuous flow of swear words and colorful combinations of said swear words. I think I even made up a few new ones. It was quite impressive actually.
I think it's safe to say I wasn't feeling very zen after my first yoga attempt. The body, mind, and soul connection was severely lacking. Instead of leaving me feeling enlightened, it left me needing a friggin' gurney.
After time it got a lot easier. I became more flexible and could actually perform the moves without wanting to die. After you start to 'get' the physical part of it, then you start to 'get' the stress-reduction and calmness part of it. It's like anything else in life. The more you do it, the better you get at it.
"I do yoga so that I can stay flexible enough to kick my own arse if necessary." Betsy Canas Garmon
The word yoga means 'yoke', which is translated to mean 'to join' or 'unite'. It's believed that it is only when there is a union of the body, mind, and soul, that true happiness and understanding can present itself to you.
Yoga is not a religion. Rather, it is a means to discover self-realization in both the unbodied and physical states. It has long been accepted that body, mind, and spirit are interconnected with each other and they desperately need to be in a state of equilibrium for balance of self to be in effect.
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