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Form of exercise stands out in way it teaches patience

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RE “ANOTHER thing I’ll never have to try again’’ by Beth Teitell (G section, Jan. 19): I’m no yoga goddess, but after three years of near-daily Ashtanga yoga practice, I’ve slowly - some days, imperceptibly - become stronger and more flexible and balanced. It is patience that distinguishes yoga from exercises that stretch out body parts into contorted positions. When practiced correctly, yoga is the antithesis of the American way: no quick solutions, no competition, no crazy expressions of individuality. Is yoga for everyone? Of course not. But practiced traditionally and with respect for the limitations of the individual body, the rewards are significant.

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