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In a world often dominated by the fast-paced demands and concerns of modern life, we can sometimes forget to appreciate the present moment. As our minds constantly race, juggling countless thoughts and responsibilities, the ability to tap into our inner intuition can feel increasingly challenging. Yet, for thousands of years, humanity has held knowledge of the perfect tool for navigating the chaos of existence—yoga.
Rooted in ancient traditions, yoga emerged as a powerful practice for cultivating mindfulness, stillness, and self-awareness. The origins of yoga can be traced back over 5,000 years to the Indus Valley civilization in ancient India. Initially, yoga served as a comprehensive system for harmonizing the body, mind, and spirit. As we quiet the mind through yoga, we create space for our intuition to rise to the surface. Intuition, often referred to as our “sixth sense”, is the ability to tap into a deep wellspring of knowledge that resides within us, beyond the realms of logic and analysis. It is through the practice of yoga that we learn to trust and listen to this intuitive voice, allowing the present moment to guide us.
Today, the benefits of yoga captivate millions across the globe, as scientific studies continue to shed light on the transformative power of the practice. Researchers have shown that regular yoga can reduce stress, improve mental well-being, increase emotional resilience, and enhance cognitive function. In an effort to learn more about the path and practice, we’ve connected with Nike Yoga Teacher and multi-generational yogi, Jonah Kest.
You were born into a yoga legacy. How has your upbringing developed your practice and guided your path?
“Being brought up in a yoga family really gave me a strong foundation to carry the practice into my life to help overcome any doubt along the way. I learned that yoga was not just about asana. Gratitude and meditation were two of the strongest and most consistent practices we did daily as a family. My father would always remind me, “Mind matters most!” This means that a strong mind, through meditation, must be paramount…”