Ever since it’s birth, Yoga has always had a mystical vibe about it. It’s origins date back to pre-vedic Indian traditions. Yoga was practiced by the kings as well, giving certain asanas like VirBadhrasana (Warrior Pose) their name. However, society, especially western cultures associate yoga with certain expectations. Yoga isn’t always about seeking enlightenment. It’s not for gurus and sadhus, but for everyone. You don’t have to burn incense sticks, be a vegetarian or practice Ayurveda to reap the benefits of yog. It’s a science which has an array of health benefits for various age groups.
Yoga in a nutshell:
The term ‘yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit word of ‘yuj’ which means to unite (presumably with God or the ‘Eternal Spirit’).
There are eight stages of training for a yogi to go through in order to reach ‘moksha’ (release).Samadhi is a state at which the mind of the human is separated from our soul thus making our soul pure and free of matter. This enables yogis to journey through the cosmos.
While there’s no denying the spiritual aspect of Yoga, there are numerous scientific reasons to make yoga a part of your daily routine.
Health benefits of Yoga:
If practiced daily, yoga can have the following effects on your health:
Yoga for anxiety:
Yoga for Back pain:
Yoga for energy:
Besides this, yoga also aids in:
- Lowering blood pressure
- Cleansing the internal organs
- Improving circulation
- Boosting metabolism
- Calming the mind
- Improves posture (drastically!)
- Increases body awareness
- Building core strength
Most yoga classes have age groups and special needs classes which are tailored accordingly. In fact, research shows that in some medical conditions like chronic back pain caused due to slip disk or spondylitis, yoga has provided patients with more relief than prescription medicines.
Going beyond Yoga class:
Yoga is best practiced outdoors, so the next time you find yourself somewhere natural, break into a pose!
The beach is always ideal. The breeze and sound of the ocean helps you connect to your breath better
Because at the end of the day, it’s all about balance!
Is Yoga for me?
Of course!Yoga is a science which can provide you with the balance of physical and mental strength we’re seeking. So go ahead and include the yog element to your life.