Week of 7/28/2019. This week's theme: Svadhyaya, or "self study." A quote from Kimberly Puryear from Asheville Yoga Center, "Yoga is a way to be, not a thing to do." Yoga is a practice which not only works on the outside of our physical being, but also works on the inside of our being as well. Many beginners speak of leaving a yoga class and feeling "lighter." Did they lose weight in class? It's not logical to surmise that any physical weight was lost that quickly, but there can be a sense of "letting it go." In short (very short!) the Pancha Maya Kosha model (for a link for a summary click here https://www.yogauonline.com/yoga-basics/pancha-maya-kosha-model-yoga-therapy-and-five-koshas ,) tells us that yoga transforms our physical body, energy body, mental-emotional body, the wisdom or higher-mind body, and the bliss or 'heart' body. These are not separate, but blend and influence each other. Yoga addresses and can heal the whole person. I have witnessed this in my personal life, and I can see it in my fellow yogis in class. This is not to say that yoga is a religion, nor does it replace religion, but it can help us to clear the pathway from obstacles which are blocking from being our best spiritual being, our best mental being, our best physical being, and our best emotional being. This happens gradually and gently over time as we are ready for each new adventure. We are a yoga community which travels with each other to give encouragement, support, and usually a good smile or two as each of us embarks on this journey back to ourselves.