I know what you’re thinking. “Who has time for this?”. The truth of the matter is that most of us don’t really know what yoga is. We only know what we see in the movies we watch. Want to know more about it? Don’t worry. We gotcha.
The development of yoga can be traced back to over 5,000 years ago, but some researchers think that yoga may be up to 10,000 years old. It’s not really clear because the early writings on yoga were transcribed on fragile palm leaves that were easily damaged, destroyed or lost.
The actual Sanskrit word, when broken down, means “to control”, “to yoke” or “to unite”. The union is made between the self and the spirit. Yoga is a major part of the Hindu religion and is one of the six Hindu schools of philosophy. Apart from Hinduism, Yoga is used by Buddhists as a meditation practice. In today’s world, Yoga has become popular, not really for its spiritual benefits but for the physical advantage.
Yoga practice changes the firing patterns of the nerves and chemical makeup of the body’s fluids and blood gases that activates a relaxation response. By concentrating on carrying out the specific body posture and alignment of a pose and then holding it as you breathe deeply, the body starts to shift from a state of biochemical arousal and tension to calm and relaxation.
Benefits Derived From Yoga
The benefits can be divided into 3; Physical, Mental and Health Benefits.
A. Physical Benefits
1. Increased flexibility and balance
2. Increased muscle strength and tone
3. Improved respiration, energy and vitality
4. Maintaining a balanced metabolism
5. Weight reduction
6. Cardio and circulatory health
7. Improved athletic performance
8. Protection from injury
B. Mental Benefits
1. Increases body awareness
2. Relieves stress
3. Sharpens attention and concentration
4. Calms and centers the nervous system
5. Improves the mood and behavior
6. May fight depression
C. Health Benefits
1. May reduce inflammation
2. Could improve heart health
3. May reduce chronic pain
4. Helps improve breathing
5. Helps relieve migraines
The Things Needed For Yoga
- Yoga mats
- Comfortable, Breathable Clothing (leotards, leggings etc)
- Good water bottle
Want to experience Yoga for yourself? Then book a seat with us on Wednesday, 12th September 2018 during the Social Media Week for an amazing yoga class.
Book a seat at www.smwaccra.com/bookings