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READER PROFILES

Doctors use Yoga Affect to support patients.
I AM NEW TO YOGA
 

I know yoga is renowned for flexibility and calming your mind, but I'm hesitant about the spiritual undertones. What if ... yoga philosophy contradicts my Christian faith? I need to know more about the history of yoga, and it's relationships with all religion. 

Also, I would like to know how and why practicing the traditional form of yoga, including breath and meditation, affect mental function in a profound way.

I PRACTICE AT THE GYM
 

I practice physical postures. Yoga is fabulous for rounding out my weight lifting. It brings balance, in fact, yoga provides a different feeling than working out, I would like to know why. I feel less competitive and judgmental leaving class content even a bit lighter.

Sometimes teachers present strange approaches. The Sanskrit terms and different breathing patterns are never fully explained. I am not sure what we are trying to accomplish with all of that and how it affects me.

I practiced Zen in college and wonder if yoga meditation comes from the same lineage.

I BELONG TO A YOGA STUDIO 

 

My practice is coming along. The poses are getting progressively more challenging with handstands and arm balances. I also understand the philosophy of yoga. In fact, I am attending teacher certification. I love yoga and the people who go to my studio. 

I am not sure of the differences between yoga and religion or how yoga spread across the world, but I know yoga and being vegan is the wave of the future. I like tough classes with only the best yoga teachers. I know everything I need for the time being. Practicing yoga this way is just fine for me. 

I AM A YOGA TEACHER
 

I have taken numerous training and workshops. I teach many styles and levels. My knowledge of Sanskrit and alignment in poses is better than most. Still, I feel that something is missing in my training. There is a lack of cohesiveness in yoga education concerning history and theory.  Most of what I learned seems "rehashed" and sounds silly or cliché when presented to students.

 

What I need is an overall context of yoga philosophy surrounding religion and the physical sciences. That would make a solid basis for my presentation.

I AM A PATIENT

Diagnosed with a chronic disease, my doctor prescribed Yoga and meditation to supplement my medical treatments. He suggests that I learn traditional yoga and continue after completion of the medical protocol. 

There are a few choices to practice yoga in my area, and I can go online too. The problem is, the vast amount of information about yoga is overwhelming. I don't have time to sort it out; I need to have an overall strategy fast.

I AM A DOCTOR
 

I am aware of the physical and emotional benefits that yoga science offers to my patients. So, I need a source to provide them with information that can be easily read and processed.  That will help them begin practicing without concerns or conflicts. My patients can start important wellness techniques quickly and then continue after their medical treatments. That will give them control of their health and assure me that they remain healthy well after they leave my care. 

I need a source to give my patients alleviating their fears about yoga so that they get motivated to try traditional forms which have the most positive effects on wellness.