Erica Bornstein is a yoga teacher, dancer, and lover of all movement. Erica believes that yoga can be an embodied art form, a stimulated workout, a lifestyle, a tool for therapeutic relaxation, or a form of spirituality. Overall, yoga is an accommodating practice, accessible to all people, that requires only loving care for the mind and body and the willingness to cherish your own breath. Erica also believes that you only live once and you shouldn't torture yourself with workouts you don't enjoy!

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The Dancing Yogini

by Erica Bornstein, Yoga, Dance, and Fitness Instructor

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EDITOR'S NOTE: We're incredibly excited to introduce to you our newest expert blogger AND brand new Diet.com staff member, Erica Bornstein! Erica is a yoga and dancing enthusiast - hence her blog name "The Dancing Yogini" - who is passionate about fitness and helping others. We hope you'll enjoy reading her blogs right here on Diet.com!

What the heck is yoga anyway? As a yoga teacher I get that question on a day to day basis. People have a lot of preconceived notions and misunderstandings about the practice, why it is done, and how to do it.

The answer to this question could honestly take me weeks to answer. Well, maybe not weeks, but definitely too much time for this one entry, which is why I wanted to start this blog in the first place. I am going to use this medium to talk about the different aspects that are yoga in everyday life.

The simplest of all answers to this question is that yoga in Sanskrit translates to mean "to yoke" or "unite." You're thinking unite what with what, right? In yoga, we unite the mind, body and soul. During our yoga practice we connect internally and find out more about ourselves and our own bodies. Yoga is different than any other "workout" because of this mind/body/spirit connection.

Yes, yoga originated in India, and is a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline. However, I am going to talk less about the roots of yoga, and more about how you can relate to yoga. I will also be writing about ways that you can incorporate yoga into your everyday life, whether to attain your fitness goals, or just to achieve peace of mind while driving into work in rush hour traffic. I believe yoga is for everybody, and I am hoping that I can help some non-yogis believe that it can be helpful even to them.

More to come, soon-to-be-yogis!


@ 2:17pm ET on May 9, 2011
If it would help me with the stress of traffic, I'm all ears. or body. looking forward to more.

@ 3:49pm ET on May 11, 2011
Can't wait for your next post Erica!!

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