Yoga is a mind-body practice with origins in ancient Indian philosophy. The various styles of yoga that people use for health purposes typically combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation.
It can be highly individualized as there are many different types of yoga such as Ashtanga, Bikram, Iyengar, Anusara, Vinyasa and Kundalini and each one utilizes a different focus to assist in bringing the mind, body and soul together.
How it Works
It works by assuming different postures specific to that practice and then releasing the posture. Some practices incorporate meditation as a part of the class.
Yoga works subtly on the energetic level to clear out stuck energy while at the same time conditioning the body to bring in fresh energy through certain postures, and training the mind to be in present moment awareness.
A regular yoga practice will assist one in sleeping more soundly, feeling more grounded, having less pain and achieving more focus. There are huge, emotional, physical and psychological benefits from engaging in regular yoga practice.
Be mindful when trying different types of yoga, and go with what feels best for you since there are so many different styles. Do not push your body any further than it wants to go, as yoga has no connection to force.
Carl G. Jung, a famous Swiss psychologist, described yoga as “one of the greatest things the human mind has ever created.” The Yoga sutra, when translated, defines yoga defines it as, “Yoga is the cessation of agitation of the consciousness.”
The practice of whatever type of yoga you find beneficial for you will assist greatly in transcending the mind and allowing for more present moment awareness.
- Introduction to Yoga by Annie Besant
- Yoga for Beginners DVD
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