There is an interesting article in today’s NYTimes about the often unwanted side effects of yoga – like trauma and injury. Apart from that, I have often encountered symptoms of energetic imbalances and fluctuation in people with a yoga routine. Physical and psychological symptoms manifest as consequence. Yoga is designed to strengthen the body to hold higher vibrations – to strengthen weaker parts of the body. And of course it can also be used therapeutically. But it is important that yoga teacher know what they are doing – and that the effects of yoga include a heightened awareness of the energy flow in the body with all it’s consequences.
Yoga is art and science – and it should be approached with respect. It has long been my conviction that yoga is much more than a tool to quiet mind and body. It is a tool to increase awareness, feel at home in the body and get the house in order. It is a powerful catalyst as much as an instrument to align body, mind and soul.