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Video: Why Yoga?

I think I’ve told you all before that I’m somewhat of a yoga moron. I totally get the concept of yoga, and I know I need to learn some of its basics. But I just get confused when instructors tell me to look out of my third eye. I look around and see what other people are doing–is the third eye on the backside or the front side? Why does no one else seem confused?

My friend Priscilla Warner knew about my difficulty with yoga, so when I came to New York to stay with her, she arranged a private yoga session with a wonderful instructor, Julie. Having trained in India, Julie is the real deal. Walking into her peaceful tent constructed in her backyard, I immediately began to feel my blood pressure drop. By the time she was done with the class, and was anointing my forehead with oil, I was won over.


So I decided to interview her on why she became a yoga instructor, and what it can do for folks who suffer from depression and anxiety. Here she is!

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  • Bob

    That was a cool video. I have putting off formal yoga classes because of the cost. Perhaps this would be an investment worth taking. I exercise for mental health more than physical health, even though I was a star runner in college. Now, I am 51 and have a bad hip, stressed out and depressed as a caregiver for my wife, who has severe MS, so maybe it is worth the investment to do yoga again. I have a DVD, but it so hard to keep it up on your own with the distractions at home.
    Thanks for sharing the video.

  • lynn

    bob, yoga will absolutly help. i know what it is like to be overwhelmed by caretaking,yoga is a great way to have something for yourself. i am also familiar with hip issues, check in to joint replacement , i just had my hip replaced and i have no more hip pain. it is a wonderful thing. namasta

  • Cathy

    I agree that working with the video at home can be difficult. For me home is not a refuge but a place where almost all the nightmares are now. Finding a class outside was the best thing for me. There’s only about four or five people usually and it’s a in a great location. You have to take care of yourself or you will be no good to yourself or anyone else. Find the right class and it will become a haven for you. Even if you can only afford it once or twice a week, like me, you will find yourself cherishing that time greatly. I wish you luck and God bless you.

  • Bob

    Lynn and Cathy, thank you for your helpful advice. You are correct in that it is next to impossible to do this at home given my circumstances. I am going to a class tomorrow! Wish me well.

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