Many of us are lucky enough to begin our yoga practice in good health. We seek it out to further improve our physical condition or because we are simply curious about all the athletic and interesting practices involved. We may even consider the practice to be a luxury, an extracurricular activity that we are lucky to be able to fit into our schedules and budgets.
For many people who pursue a yoga practice, it may remain simply a feel-good form of movement and breathing that enhances their life in some way. However, for many others, the deeply therapeutic elements of yoga will eventually emerge. If we practice continuously, with devotion, for a long, long time, each of us is bound to eventually encounter a challenge in our lives. Perhaps we will fall physically ill, suffer emotional difficulties, or struggle financially and it is in these moments when we have the opportunity to recognize our yoga practice as more than just something we do to enhance our state of well being.