Yoga is art.
Yoga is a practice that requires presence with each breath as the guide.
Yoga is an instrument of wholeness, an instrument of returning to one, an instrument of returning home.
Yoga is an instrument of leading us back to our center.
Based on my studies of the 12-Chakra System (The Complete Book of Chakra Healing, Cyndi Dale), yoga is recommended as a soothing exercise for the 2nd chakra which is located in our abdomen. The 2nd chakra is known to be the center of our feelings and creativity. It houses our feelings and our awareness of those feelings (Cyndi defines feelings as the language of the body). This chakra is linked to the intestines, abdominal organs, and female reproductive system. It is mentioned that this center/chakra is particularly important to women because it is believed to be the location of the body wherein most of their life energy is stored. Yoga helps in nurturing the 2nd chakra by allowing the life energy to flow in the body, and this flow enables us to be more expressive and creative.
I am enjoying the practice of yoga and learning the discipline of each asanas (yoga postures) through the help of an instructional book written by Shakta Kaur Khalsa. Yoga is one of the gifts that only I can give to my body, the gift of being present with it, stretching it, and supplying it with life energy as I go from one pose to another. I finish feeling relaxed and my body tension gone. I recommend her work to women of all ages, it is a harmonious blend of Hatha and Kundalini yoga which if I were to describe it in one word, I would choose the word graceful. It is never too early or too late to start practicing yoga and experience the joy and goodness of the life energy.