Oct 10

Yoga: The Ultimate Freedom

The idea that yoga leads to freedom is quite ancient but the quest to bring this freedom to people in prisons, hospitals and other institutions is something relatively new.  In this new documentary some will be introduced to the concept of recovery yoga for the first time.

 “Illuminated emancipation, freedom, unalloyed and untainted bliss await you, but you have to choose to embark on the Inward Journey to discover it.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

This morning I saw this on intent.com (an excellent blog and site) and had to share – of course I also need to add my two cents because THIS is what we’re talking about here!  This is it… This is holistic recovery. Although I have seen yoga bring tremendous relief to those who suffer from many emotional disturbances, the most powerful evidence proving the benefits of the practice have been revealed to me through working with young people in addiction recovery programs.  The addition of regular asana and breathing meditations to step work provides not only a physical action that can be taken in times of stress and weakness but with continued practice deep healing also occurs.  I have witnessed truly miraculous transformation and restoration in halfway houses, church halls and other benevolent organizations that are willing to offer up some space for a good cause.

In the program you will often hear people talk about H & I commitments, or the service of carrying the message into hospitals and institutions.  I believe that this important work is one of the many unexpected blessings of Twelve Step Programs.  People from all walks of life go out into the world, into some of the darkest places, to spread and grow the light that they have found in recovery.  The documentary Yoga: The Ultimate Freedom follows a similar line of thinking, that we can offer  some of the peace we have found through yogic practice with those who have little access or exposure to healing modalities.  That is the beauty of yoga, it can be practiced anywhere, without any equipment other than your own body, providing truly life changing benefits.

“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”  ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

Below is the link to the video as posted on intent.com: “A teaser from the new documentary film, Yoga: The Ultimate Freedom, which explores the modern culture of yoga and how the practice is being used to serve people in prisons, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers. The film features well-known instructors Elena Brower, Lisa Walford, Alan Finger, and many others and showcases non the work of non-profits like The Prison Yoga Project.”


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