Not only at Yoga Under The Tuscan Sun Retreat in May and September each year - But EVERY DAY
"The most important part of a tree is not the trunk - but the root. One has to nurture the root more than any other part, because once the root becomes weak, what kind of a life will the tree have? You may prop it up but with one small storm it will fall, because it lacks the inner strength to stand upright." (Sw. Niranjananda)
There is just no health without a healthy mind. Nevertheless I read again in an article about health and fitness and weight loss: " ... weight loss is not always equal to good health and weight gain is not always equal to bad health. But the twin powers of health are: fitness and nutrition." And then I read about all the different Yoga schools that have popped up out of nowhere; and how great that you can do under water yoga, yoga in salt chambers and even yoga in a brewery - beer only after the yoga class. My sarcastic self speaks to me: "Sure, let's get more and more inventive to focus on the outer environment, something more fancy, something that gets our mind again occupied and thus distracted from the center and the force within, the union, yoga can really lead us to.... but our mind might just say that that is boring so we keep it entertained with all these new "yogas".
In the end it is really simple. There are asanas (yoga postures done with awareness rather trying to copy anyone), then there is pranayama (breathing practices) and Yoga Nidra - THE relaxation practice. If you practices these with an experienced yoga teacher - somebody who didn't just do a 3 week course to become a yoga teacher because it is so cool and in - and then also ask for a shorter program you might be able to do daily or as often as you want to integrate yoga in your life, THEN you will see and experience life changes. Yes, I said life changes as this kind of health changes your life. It is more than a fit body and making sure you eat nutritiously. You become aware of the interplay between your body, your emotions (through the breathing practices) and get the strength for yourself and the connection with yourself through the practice of Yoga Nidra, the deep relaxation practice that is unique.
"Managing our mind and giving direction to the energies of the mind is our greatest challenge."