The Real Reason to Practice Yoga

Yoga is a fantastic workout for your physical body, but that is not its purpose.

It’s purpose is to cultivate a deep sense of connection to the present moment. In doing so it is the ultimate workout for the mind.

Sweating, losing weight, gaining strength and all those things are collateral benefits but should never take precedence over the real purpose.

I’ll go so far as to say that if your real goal is to get “fit” physically, there are many more effective and time efficient ways to do so. Start running or swimming. Do Crossfit or a spin class. There are definitely better ways to get a normal “workout.”

The real reason to practice yoga is to exercise the mind.

Another view of The Great Wall near Jinshanling, 80Km northwest of Beijing, China. 11/27/2011 by Ravi.

Published by Ravi Raman

Executive Coach + Yogi + Endurance Athlete

2 replies on “The Real Reason to Practice Yoga”

  1. Hello,

    I started few workouts of meditation and it has a great impact on my concentration on badminton and way to be in the present moment.

    Thank you for your advice, tho it’s not yoga.

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