When I first started practicing yoga, my intention was mainly respiratory. Having just recovered from a collapsed lung, I needed a healthier relationship with my breath.
Eight years into it, my practice has evolved into more of an emotional experience. Now, doing yoga is also a daily routine of confronting and working through my emotions.
Maybe it’s because the room is a hundred degrees. Maybe it’s because I’m half naked. Maybe it’s because I’m staring at myself in the mirror for ninety minutes.
But after a few postures, any feelings that are present, have nowhere to go but out.
What do you do yoga for?
Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and work study volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.