Yoga is an ancient practice that involves physical poses, concentration, and deep breathing. A regular yoga practice can promote endurance, strength, calmness, flexibility, and well-being.
Yoga is now a popular form of exercise around the world that can:
Yoga has often been described, very simply, as “Unity” and can be traced back to northern India over 5,000 years ago.
The overall philosophy of Yoga is about connecting your mind, body, and spirit. It is commonly viewed as a mindful movement and breath practice that encompasses stretching, strengthening poses, meditation, and breathing exercises.
Yoga uses body positions, breath, and sensory awareness to reconnect you with yourself and the universe, and move your emotions and thoughts into stillness.
There are six branches of Yoga. Each branch represents a different focus and set of characteristics:
Modern Yoga focuses on exercise, strength, agility, and breathing. It can help boost your physical and mental well-being.
There are many styles of Yoga. You can choose a style based on your goals and fitness level. Types and styles of Yoga include:
Yoga is one of India’s oldest and most comprehensive traditions, which has developed a vast arsenal of physical and mental techniques geared to gain control over your nervous system in order to achieve, at will, conscious and ‘supraconscious’ states of transcendence.
In order to appreciate the unique contribution of Yoga to our understanding of the human condition, this age-old tradition is best viewed from the broad perspective of human potential that characterizes Transpersonal Psychology and Psychosomatic Medicine.
Yoga Therapy is now also a modern practice and represents an effort to integrate traditional Yogic concepts and techniques with Western Medical and Psychological knowledge. Whereas traditional Yoga is primarily concerned with personal transcendence on the part of a ‘normal’ or healthy individual, Yoga Therapy aims at the holistic treatment of various kinds of psychological or somatic dysfunctions ranging from back problems to emotional distress.
Both approaches, however, share an understanding of the human being as an integrated body-mind system, which can function optimally only when there is a state of dynamic balance. (International Association of Yoga Therapists)
Yoga is a school of Hindu philosophy advocating and prescribing a course of physical and mental disciplines for attaining liberation from the material world and union of the self with the ‘Supreme Being’ or ‘ultimate principle.’ There are many methods or disciplines prescribed, usually involving a series of postures and breathing exercises practiced to achieve control of your body, mind, tranquility, etc.
Yoga is a mind and body practice that involves movement, breathing exercises, and a focus on thoughts and feelings as they happen (mindfulness). It began in ancient India as a spiritual practice, based on the idea that the mind and body are one—union. But today, many people practice yoga for overall health, including flexibility, stress relief, and physical fitness.
Common styles of Yoga include Ashtanga, Bikram, and Iyengar, which are all part of the school of Hatha yoga. While their styles vary, they all include stretching postures that are done with focused, deep breathing.
Yoga can be practiced alone or with others. There are Yoga classes for all skill levels, from beginners to advanced students. Some classes focus on movement and correct ways to do each posture. Other classes are more about stress relief and mindfulness.
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