Yoga feels good. Don’t believe me, try it out for yourself.

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I really think that yoga can help you. It can help with the pain in your hip and the tightness in your shoulders. It can also help calm your mind so that you can sleep better at night. I love yoga. But I don’t think you should take my word for it. You need to try it to see for yourself and to find out what parts work for you.

One of the coolest things that my mom taught me (and I really hope I can pass this on to my kids) was to be open-minded. But it wasn’t the “believe everything that you hear” kind of thing. She taught me to be open to checking things out. If I thought some idea or group or club had merit then she always encouraged me to look into it, try it out and then think about it. Was it something worth keeping or letting go?

I try to follow this advice still. And I think that when it comes to yoga or any kind of spiritual or philosophical practice, when you get immersed in it, there is always the chance of being sucked in and following along blindly. But not every pose is for necessarily for you and you don’t need to believe every word in every yoga book. Some of it will probably make a lot of sense, other stuff might just sound weird.

But I do think that yoga, in some shape or form, is for everyone. And I am sure that you can find a style that feels right for you. There are so many different styles and teachers. I’ve been to classes that start with an opening Om, talk a bit of philosophy and do some poses. Sometimes there is no chanting or talk, just straight into the postures. Some meditate, some don’t.

If you hear about a yoga class that sounds interesting, try it out. If it feels mostly good then go back for another. If not, move on to something else. I really think that there is something in it for you. But you’ll never know until you give it a shot!

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