While discussing dependency with a coworker, I stated that I don't want to be dependent on anything, coffee, alcohol, etc. She challenged me with "you practice yoga every day, so you're dependent on that". I guess I am, but I have been pondering the statement since our conversation.
Can one be dependent on yoga? Well, to some extent, my answer is yes. I am also dependent on water, food, air and sleep. Most days I do hit the mat for at least 20 minutes. Sometimes I'm lucky, and I take an all day yoga workshop. On the days when I'm not in physical practice, I attempt to maintain a yogic outlook during my daily activities. Yoga helps me connect with who I am, and I love seeing that yogic bliss after a student has had a particularly good practice. Sharing that moment is my reason for teaching yoga.
Yoga offers substantial benefits to the practitioner. Call it dependent, or call it being a yogi. Yoga offers numerous benefits. My students and I have experienced many benefits including, but not limited to increased strength, increased flexibility, improved sleep, decreased pain, decreased anxiety, stress management, improved balance, improved posture, decreased anger, decreased fear, and decreased visits to the chiropractor. Who wouldn't want to be dependent on something with that many benefits?
Yoga classes are generally very nurturing environments. The goal is to learn to meet yourself where you are right now. There is no competing with others, and no pose that you have to reach. Yoga can challenge you, or bring you to relaxation and restoration. Often times, both are experienced in the same class. If you're not a regular yoga practitioner, find an experienced teacher & start feeling the rewards for yourself.
Namaste - Beth