Yoga students practicing Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana I) to care for and listen to the body

“You’re not supposed to have a cold,” a student said one night at the yoga studio.

“Oh?” I replied, eyebrow raised.

“You’re a yoga teacher,” she offered by way of explanation. I wish I’d had a witty comeback, but instead, I turned away to sneeze. Good thing, because I didn’t really know what to say. “Isn’t yoga supposed to make you healthy?” she asked.

“Yogis are human,” I replied. “We get sick. We get old. We die.”

“Then, why do yoga?”

“For those very reasons,” I said. Because we get sick. We get old. We die. 

Yoga class for preventing chronic disease in Wind-Relieving Pose (Apanasana)

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