Yoga is inviting. Yoga is mysterious. Yoga is attainable for everyone. Yoga is endlessly fascinating as you realize the more you think you know is the beginning of the journey to understand what you don’t know.
Yoga has unplumbed depths that await exploration.
Imagine that you are sitting on a seashore, unsure of your feelings and abilities with the ocean before you. Tentatively, you dip your toes in the surf and find that you really, really, enjoy the sensation of having water rushing around your feet and ankles. You decide to take a hike up and down the shore, staying in the foam of the waves. You have a fine time and promise yourself to do it again. Each time that you walk that piece of shore you find the that while the walk may be the same, the patterns and designs you see in the breaking waves and foam are very different. They are fresh every time.
Your curiosity about the ocean grows. After you have walked enough shore to be comfortable you decide to venture into the shallows—maybe in as far as your waist— to see what else the ocean has to offer. You notice the ebb of the waves, gently pulling and pushing as you walk on the still firm sand that grounds and supports you. You stare into the water, taken by how the light bounces and fractures as you move. You are mesmerized by the experience of being partially buoyant with your feet on stable, if rippling. sand ridges. Your feet are able to do remarkable things.
Once you have gradually walked in up to your shoulders and neck enough times to feel confident and secure, you decide to literally take the plunge. You barely notice the change to having your head also under the water and your limbs free of anchor. Strange forms may glide with or away from you through the water, confirming that you are part of a larger whole.
But your breathing is trickier—you must do it consciously and correctly to keep making progress. You find new freedom of movement and spirit. Your increased attention to breath and physical mobility allow you to feel like a welcome participant in a familiar, yet n some ways, strange land. Differing behaviors, customs, and attitudes begin to feel like old friends.
And the deeper you plunge the more wonders await your discovery.