I am ashamed to say, the first time I experienced a long lived experience of contentment was a full 10 years after starting yoga. From the start, Yoga made me feel good and I always enjoyed the rush and peace that came with the physical yoga practice. But it never felt like it lasted long enough. And so around the age of 30
There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs, and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well.
The ancient yogis had the answers. Pranayama (yoga breathing) techniques bring vibrancy and put energy in your energetic bank account. They soothe the heart, calm the mind and settle the soul.