Where and how does the practice of yoga begin?

“Where and how does the practice of yoga begin? Should we always begins on the physical level? I would say that where we begin depends on our personal interests. There are many ways of practicing yoga, and gradually the interest in one path will lead to another. So it could be that we begin by studying the Yoga Sutra or by meditating. Or we may instead begin with practicing asanas and so start to understand yoga through the experience of the body. We can also begin with pranayama, feeling the breath as the movement of our inner being. There are no prescriptions regarding where and how our practice should begin.”

(excerpt from The heart of the yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar)

 

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