B.K.S. Iyengar wrote "The yogic journey guides us from our periphery, the body, to the
center of our being, the soul. The aim is to integrate the various layers so that the inner
divinity shines out as through clear glass." This makes SoulBody sound like the perfect name
for a yoga studio.
For me working with my body in yoga is relatively easy. Fortunately, I have the flexibility
gene. I always thought I was flexible because I had so little muscle, but the latest science says that to a large degree flexibility is genetic. Where I have received the most benefit in the last 15 months since I started at SoulBody Yoga is in my overall strength, including my bone
health. I can definitely see and feel the improvement in my yoga practice, as well as in my
hiking and bicycling.
The challenging part for me is traversing that route to the soul. My personal yogic path began
in 1975 at Midwest Mountaineering in Minneapolis, when I picked up a flyer announcing yoga
classes to build strength and stamina. I was intrigued by yoga but I could only afford one class and I needed to get stronger. So this sounded perfect. To say the classes were rigorous would be an understatement. What I remember most though, was the teacher always telling us that if we're not paying attention we're not doing yoga. This is the criteria that keeps me humble.
The yogic sages tell us that our innermost Being is already perfect. The teachers at SoulBody Yoga do a wonderful job of guiding us on the path to our true spirits. Each time they give an instruction or gently remind us to spread our fingers, pull our shoulders back, or raise our knee caps; they are telling us to pay attention and ultimately helping us break down the barriers so "our inner divinity shines".