What is Yoga?

Yoga is an ancient physical and mental practice originating from the Vedic traditions of India. It brings together the union of the body, breath, and mind through a series of postures and movements. By going through these sequences, accompanied by breathing exercises, you arrive at a period of relaxation. However, the goal of yoga isn't just to achieve relaxation. Because of the nature of the movements and poses, this practice also significantly strengthens muscles and bones, and improves brain function. Even the central nervous system and immune system improve through yoga. In fact, some medical doctors also use this practice to help treat their patients who have such conditions as multiple sclerosis, rotator cuff syndrome, and carpal tunnel syndrome. 

How does it work?

Each posture benefits a specific major organ in the body. The movements and postures are meant to release muscle tension and restore diaphragmatic breathing. In turn, these improve your body's oxygen absorption, hence, relaxing you. Now, there are many types of yoga. Each type has a different focus and is designed for people with various physical capabilities. For example, vinyasa, which links breath and movement, is designed for anyone who likes to keep moving. Bikram is for people who can handle doing their poses in a heated room of 40 degrees. On the other hand, restorative yoga brings you to the cusp of sleep. Its main objective is to ease the nervous system. 

What can you expect from a session?

Yoga can be practiced with a group, or individually. In any case, before picking which kind of yoga you would like to practice, do some research. Look internally to see which aspects of your health you would like to restore. Then find the type of yoga that can help you achieve that. If you are joining a class, arrive early so you can acclimatise. Mats may be provided, but you can always bring your own. Wear comfortable clothes that are not too loose so they don't get in the way of your movements. Bring a big jug of water. You usually practice barefoot. It's a good idea not to arrive at class right after a full meal. However, don't go on an empty stomach, either. You'll need the sustenance to be able to meet the physical challenges of yoga. 

Which conditions can yoga help ease?

  • Anger

  • ADD

  • ADHD

  • Anxiety

  • Arthritis

  • Autism

  • Back pain

  • Dementia

  • Depression

  • Fatigue

  • Fertility

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Grief

  • Pregnancy

  • PTSD

  • Sleep disorder

  • Sports injury

  • Stress

  • Weight management

Yoga can also help improve health and wellness, as well as mindset, foster personal development, raise self confidence, and enhance spiritual connection.


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