“Wait, you have anxiety?” One of the hikers from the group that I was socially distancing with turned to look at me.
“Yeah,” I said, readjusting the supplies in my bag to adjust for the camel pack’s shift in weight. “I actually have terrible anxiety.”
It was true, and if I weren’t so insanely stubborn, my anxiety would be debilitating. I suffered from constant panic attacks that hit full swing at the height of California’s stay at home order. I had been getting by with hiking and camping and doing all sorts of very random things (like that one time I tried Capoeira) for so long that I hadn’t dealt with my anxiety. That was until COVID-19.
The pandemic shook things up and made me face myself. There was literally nowhere else to go but inward to take up a journey of reflection. Stripped of everything else, I got to see who I truly was as a person. My personality isn’t 80 percent anxiety and 20 percent the outdoors. I never realized how much more than that I was.
The title above this article is completely false. Many people also assume that Harry Potter conjures up Satan as well, but no, yoga is not the work of the devil, and quite honestly, I didn’t know how this thought crossed anyone’s mind until I had a conversation with a concerned exercise enthusiast. Apparently the veil of this mysterious foreign practice still frightens some religious individuals living in Western culture, and for some odd reason I find this to be hilarious.
I spoke before in a previous article about how yoga is actually incredibly beneficial to those looking to ease stress and how it is focused on disciplining the mind through yoga sutras and health and purity of the body through Hatha yoga, however, some find it stressful to even think about yoga. Continue reading “Yoga is the Work of the Devil?”→
“Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.” ― Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Finding an outlet that can ease away the tough struggles and stress of the day, is key to a long happy and healthy life. And finding that outlet in a practice that can reshape the mind, body and spirit is even better. Yoga, one of the six astika schools of Hindu philosophy, incorporates these three aspects of the self and is also found in Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and in less spiritual and more popular practices of the mainstream. Continue reading “For the Mind, Body and Spirit”→