Yoga is a tradition of physical and mental exercise over 5000 years old, with its roots in ancient India. Over the centuries Yoga has evolved and spread throughout the world, moving to the West in the late 1800s. Today there are many different schools of Yoga that focus on various aspects of the tradition. The physical practice of Yoga consists of movement and postures with a focus on the breath.
The word Yoga means to join or unite and the practice of Yoga brings together the body, mind and spirit. Yoga builds an awareness of our connection to our inner guidance and provides an opportunity to explore our truth and to feel strong in body and mind. Yoga can be a different experience for every practitioner, yet the essence of Yoga is about being present in the moment. With this focused awareness comes a sense of renewal, strength and calm.
The Benefits of Yoga
Practicing Yoga has many physical and mental benefits.
Yoga is exceptionally effective at improving flexibility, balance, toning muscles, increasing the lubrication of joints and ligaments, and detoxifying the body.
The psychological benefits of Yoga include an elevation in mood, an improvement in concentration, memory and energy levels, and a reduction in depression and anxiety.
Yoga can be both curative and preventative for many conditions, including high blood pressure, arthritis, and weight gain. Yoga has been shown to make a positive impact on glucose and cholesterol levels, insomnia and immunity.
Regularly practicing Yoga relaxes the mind, increases body awareness and focus, increases strength and endurance, and relieves chronic stress patterns.