Why is yoga so spiritual?

Warrior Princess Yoga Meditation
Warrior Princess Yoga Meditation

Let’s put this in simple words.
What differentiate practicing asanas (set of physical exercise) in yoga from gymnastics?
Connecting your breath to the movement or the static retention of the poses.

Where does the word spiritual come from?
It’s origin is in the Latin word Spiritus, which has 5 meanings:
Breath, breathing;
breeze, air;
inspiration;
character;
arrogance

As the first meaning of spiritual is simply breathing, per definition yoga – as well as life – is spiritual.
Wasn’t that easy? 😉

300 Weeks of Yoga – Week 1 and 2

I bought the book Light on Yoga by Iyengar. Among over 200 detail asana descriptions, the book contains an asana course for 300 weeks. I decided to commit to this course. I have to admit, it is quite challenging to fit in some extra yoga between my normal practice and the teaching. But I am just counting days. So once I have done 14 days of the suggested asanas for week 1 and 2, I will move on to week 3 and 4. (The course is divided in a set of asanas for 2 weeks). Further, I am committed to produce a little video for every set, trying to combine them into a nice flow.

The asanas of the week are also part of my Slow Flow Yoga classes at Salig.

The flow in words:
Tadasana – Mountain Pose
Virabhadrasana 2 – Warrior 2
Utthita Pasvakonasana – Extended Side Angle
Virabhadrasana 1 – Warrior 1
Parsvottanasana – Pyramide Pose
Utthita Trikonasana – Extended Triangle
Vrksasana – Tree Pose
Salamba Sarvangasana – Supported Shoulder Stand
Halasana – Plow
Savasana – Corpse Pose