A yogi is someone who practices yoga. There is no particular way to look or act, but there are a few universal qualities of a yogi.
*In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna tells Arjuna what is required to become a yogi, “Fearlessness, purity of heart, perseverance in acquiring wisdom and in practicing yoga.” He goes on to describe the traditional ethical and moral rules of yoga, the yamas, and niyamas. In essence, a yogi strives to be the best human possible and to embody the virtues of kindness, truthfulness, compassion, and patience towards others.
Anyone can practice yoga regardless of their age, gender, body type, or ethnicity. In fact, yoga is a practice that celebrates diversity and inclusivity. It is a way to connect with your inner self and find peace and balance in your life. This is why I love yoga; we come together as individuals, as different as our yoga mats, but practice to achieve the same. In my "intro to yoga" class you can find a retiree right next to a college student. And I, the instructor, a fulltime healthcare working, martial arts practicing grandmother.
If you are attracted to the practice of yoga, and would like to become a yogi, here are a few tips:
Ultimately, it is your journey, the path that only you can take. With the help of a good yoga instructor who can awaken your curiosity about the practice and philosophy of yoga, you are off to a good start.
There is no one “yoga body” and that yoga is truly a practice for everyone. The important thing is that they are all practicing yoga. This ancient practice can benefit your mind, body, and soul. Ready to become a yogi?
*Read the full article What is a Yogi? And How Do You Become One? • Yoga Basics