Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline and is based on 3 500 years of collective knowledge. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” which means to yoke or to unite, bring together or integrate.
Yoga is ageless. Through exercising our bodies, mind and breath we slowly experience the great and eternal secrets of our greatest potential.
Hatha Yoga emerged sometime around the 9th century and is a form of yoga that focuses on the body.
Yoga is of great benefit for one’s health, bringing energy to the body and mind. Through breathing exercises the flow of prana or the vital life force through the body is regulated. Yoga can enhance flexibility and suppleness of the body. The oldest person teaching yoga today is 98 years old and has been teaching yoga for 75 years!
There are different styles of Hatha Yoga namely:
Ananda Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Integral Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Kali Ray Tri Yoga, Kripalu Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Sivananda Yoga, Svaroopa Yoga, Viniyoga, Jivamukti Yoga.
Yoga is for everybody and in the modern world there are many different styles of Yoga emerging. The postures in Yoga are known as Asanas.
These asanas are divided into different groups, being:
Sun salutations, Standing postures, Forward bends, Back bends, Twists, Arm balances, Core, Inverted postures, Seated neutral postures, Relaxing recovery postures.
Some of the benefits of yoga are:
Physical stability, balance, flexibility and strength.
The improvement of blood circulation and breathing.
It slows down the aging process.
It helps with high blood pressure, pain management, back pain and arthritis.
It helps to tone, stretch and strengthen the muscles.
It helps to regulate the metabolism.
Improved relaxation and concentration.
Better stress management.
There is something for everyone in Yoga.
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