During a 5 day yoga immersion I was in recently, the teacher posed a question to the room filled with passionate, eager-to-learn-more yogis, most of us teachers. Why do you practice yoga? Knowing the answer to this question, he said, is essential to find clarity and purpose in teaching.
It's a simple question, yet a worthwhile one. Why do we do anything that we do?
After considering this question, I realized that my answer changes often. My practice is so intertwined in my life, and as my daily needs change, so does my practice and reasons for doing it.
I first came to yoga for the physical aspect. I was a teenager and of course I wanted a hot bod and a workout that I didn't hate, and as someone with a dance background, I found the fluid nature of yoga to be quite enjoyable. That was during my hot yog...