Why Yoga is a Science, Not an Exercise

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“Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul.”
― Amit Ray

The other day as I went for a morning run I came across a group of people who were finishing what seemed to be a rigorous boot camp training. Many of them were on their hands and knees, gasping for air.  As I drew closer I overheard the leader of the group yell, “Ok guys! Now to finish the workout with a bang, let’s do a yoga workout!”

Due to my innate curiosity I slowed my pace to a jog and watched as these agile men and women of various ages do asana (the physical practice of yoga) but were not flowing with their breath as it is taught by the ancients. In fact, many of them were struggling with balance and proper alignment.

When I first learned about yoga I was drawn only to the physical aspect and did not understand the power behind using one’s breath to safely move through each posture. I was also not aware that each movement and giving action in yoga is a form of prayer. Because it seemed that these highly-motivated people were attempting somewhat advanced poses I wondered if there was a benefit to asana being incorporated into a hard-core workout.

As I arrived home I immediately contacted my guru – a Swami in Nepal who has been a wonderful source of guidance in my yoga journey. He reminded me that yoga itself is a science, not an exercise, and I need not worry about what others do, but be mindful of my own thoughts about them.

“Two things prevent us from happiness; living in the past and observing others.”

I thanked my guru for his selfless teaching once again, for he helped me understand the power of minding my own business – in the most literal way possible.

Later on that day I came across this interview with Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, a yogi, mystic and best-selling author. He explains in detail the vast difference between a yoga practice and a fitness practice. His views are clear, yet witty and full of tenacity.

Nowadays I say my prayers, practice asana and meditation in the morning and working out at night. But the truth is always evidenc. There always needs to be harmony within, for happiness always follows.

Are you a yogi/yogini who works out as well? What are your thoughts on yoga being a workout? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Namaste. 🙂

Interview: Surviving, Growing, Inspiring

Through recent years of doing interviews there have been many questions about my experience as a survivor of the September 11th attacks. It was been a true joy to have the opportunity to speak about the tragedy in a more positive light.

This past week I was approached by the hosts of “Living with Danielle and David,” to be interviewed for their podcast. Co-host Danielle Spencer you may remember was the feisty character “Dee” from the classic TV show “What’s Happening?” in the 1970’s and although I considered her an icon a little girl, her own story of survival is one of the most inspirational I have ever heard.

While I did share my experience as a 9/11 survivor we also delve into the many facets of how one can find peace in tumultuous times, embracing the present moment through prayer and meditation, and my message of healing through speaking.

The interview opened my eyes to the uplifting energy that fortunately still exists today. I am so very thankful to both David and Danielle for giving me the opportunity to open my heart and speak my truth.

You can listen to the podcast below and subscribe to “Living with Danielle and David” here. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

If you like what you hear and you are looking for a speaker at your next event please contact me here or via my official website, MikailaRosado.com

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3 Principles on Overcoming Adversity – Interview with AliShane Radio

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It’s been quite some time since I’ve done an interview with a radio show, and this past week was indeed a blessing.

I met Alison Feliciano while my husband and I were part of a nationwide mortgage business in the earlier 2000s. While Alison wasn’t part of our group I felt we hit it off immediately. As time went on and each of went our separate ways I have seen this powerhouse of a woman with her future husband Shane create an awesome radio show.

In this interview I discuss the lessons I learned from the experience of the September 11th attacks, and ways of finding peace within the adversity. We also discuss tips on how to build a successful sales team, checking one’s ego and opening oneself to opportunity.

Here is an excerpt from the show. If you would like to expand your reach in social media and building their brand, contact me via my website, http://mikailarosado.com and be sure to look for more episodes on the AliShane Radio Show their Facebook page, Alishane.