Yoga Asana as a Spiritual Practice
Is yoga asana a spiritual practice? Yes, if you do it with the understanding that its purpose is to prepare your body to sit in meditation, so that you can experience the deeper aspect of yourself—the Self that is free from all suffering. This is the view of the Yoga Sutra. Karina explains that while the ultimate goal of yoga is to gain mastery over the mind, this is difficult to do if we have to struggle with a weak and unhealthy body. Asana helps to keep the body strong and healthy.
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Karina Mirsky is a certified ParaYoga teacher and the director of Sangha Yoga in Kalamazoo, MI. She holds a master’s degree in East/West Psychology and is an adjunct professor of Yoga Studies at Antioch University Midwest. Karina draws on her experience as a performance artist, massage therapist, and cancer survivor to convey yoga as a therapeutic science and catalyst for personal transformation. In the March 2008 issue of Yoga Journal, she was featured as one of 21 teachers under the age of... Read more>>