Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning “union”. Therefore, yoga is said to be the practice of uniting body, mind, and spirit. It does this through poses, breathing exercises and meditation. The poses are often referred to using the Sanskrit term asana.
Many people think of flexibility when they think of yoga. However, yoga is meant to create balance in the body through poses that support both flexibilityand strength. The poses can be done in quick succession, often called “flow”, or at a slower pace. Each technique comes with its own unique benefits. In flow practice, heat is created in the body very quickly, using a lot of energy. In this way, flow practice can contribute to weight loss. In slower practice, more flexibility and stamina is achieved. All types of yoga provide stress relief and improved physical fitness. Additionally, yoga practice can treat depression and back pain.
Everyone can practice yoga, regardless of level of physical fitness and flexibility. In fact, yoga is a great activity for people just getting back into fitness or getting into it for the first time. Although a very ancient practice, yoga has become extremely popular in recent years. For this reason, it is easy to find yoga classes within most communities.
Give yoga a try to really unlock your potential! And in closing, Iwill leave you with the common farewell used in yoga: The light in me honors the light in you or, as yogis say, “Namaste”.