This article was originally published on the Zenward Blog.

Have you ever paused to think about what yoga really means to you?

Anyone who practices yoga routinely quickly comes to realize that yoga is so much more than a series of poses designed to help you become more flexible. Rather, practicing yoga on a regular basis has profound effects on your mind, body and soul, greatly benefiting total mental, physical and emotional well-being.

What’s more, yoga can deeply impact the way you view the world around you—and your place within it.

But perhaps the most beautiful thing about yoga is that what it means for you might be completely and totally different from what it means for me. And that’s okay. In fact, it’s wonderful! It would likely be possible to go to a different yoga class instructed by a different teacher everyday for the rest of your life and still not even come close to experiencing the wide array of what yoga can be for you.

For me, right now at this stage in my life, yoga means being present. It is a way to step away from the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life and find joy and contentment in the perfect present moment. Yoga is about coming back to my breath and realizing that right now I am blessed with everything I need. And for me, yoga is a way to explore and contemplate my place in the Universe.

Maybe to you yoga means freedom. Maybe it means self-exploration. Maybe it means compassion and courage. There are absolutely no limitations.

To discover what yoga can mean for different people, and to celebrate International Yoga Day, we reached out to the yoga teachers on Zenward and asked the big question:

“What does yoga mean to you?”

Their answers are as diverse and inspiring as the yoga teachers behind them. Have a look and get to know more about our community of yoga instructors, as well as the powerful effects that yoga can have on each individual!

What does Yoga mean to you?

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