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Yoga isn't longingly bending forward, forcefully reaching for the ground or grasping behind your calves. Yoga is letting go, surrendering to your state of existence. 

Yoga isn't standing thoughtlessly on your head, building your ego and impressing your friends. Yoga is placing your heart above your head and inviting a new perspective. 

Yoga isn't struggling to balance and getting frustrated or upset when you fall. Yoga is becoming centered and in touch with who you are, recognizing that stumbling is a part of life and that yoga is loving our human nature. 

Yoga isn't questioning "why can't I" or thinking "I am not flexible enough." Yoga is knowing we are perfect as we are, realizing one day we may change, and cultivating acceptance for where we are at this moment. 

Yoga isn't tight pants, clever styles or tricky arm balances. Yoga is creativity, peaceful strength and willpower.

Yoga isn't exercise, competition, strength-building, stretching or chanting. Yoga isn't hard, or easy, simple or complicated. 

Yoga is all of the above. 

Or none of it. 

Yoga... Is yoga. 

Your practice is about being present. It is about setting an intention, creating awareness and finding the balance to perform your duties. It is about listening to yourself. It is about getting to know your true soul and carrying that with you throughout all of your days. 

And when you recognize that your soul sings along with the song of the Universe, you have come to understand yoga.

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About the Author
Jaime works with individuals who want to create a clear path of healthy eating habits and lifestyle changes moving forward, in spite of a world of distractions. When she finds herself pressed for time and her mind starts to consider grabbing a processed granola bar on-the-go, she asks herself WhatTheHealthAreYouDoing (and she blogs about it). She is a RYT-200 certified yoga educator through the Wise Living Yoga Academy in Thailand, a certified Health & Wellbeing Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.  She was born in New York, but will spend Aug 2013-July 2014 in Costa Rica pursuing a Masters degree at the United Nation's University for Peace, where she will continue coaching clients virtually. Jaime's experience living and serving rural El Salvador from 2010-2012 in the Peace Corps drastically changed her life and it has become her duty to help others awaken to the beauty of true living and the soul of prosperity. Visit her website,, or contact her for a free initial health and wellbeing consultation.