Practising yoga and living a healthy lifestyle-as Katariina does with great joy-doesn’t confer any magical protection. The human body has limitations and, as the Buddha taught, some form of illness is inevitable as long as we're still alive. The real fruits of yoga begin at the edges of physical wellness, when things go wrong and life becomes unpredictable.
Like lots of people, one of my favourite daily practices is chanting Sanskrit mantras. Even my most sceptical students quickly feel the benefits of chanting once they get over any initial embarrassment at using their voice. Anyway, it doesn’t matter if you can’t sing well because Mantra chanting is not intended to be a musical practice, even though many people…