What Yoga Can Do For You
Article by Matthew Santori
Yoga is becoming quite popular globally. In the U.S. yoga studios are virtually everywhere. There are numerous amounts of videos on the web or books you can buy, but they can’t correct you if your pose is off. So a yoga class is best to start with, and then you can practice the poses you learned on your own, at home.
Yoga is not a religion but a philosophy and a large part of Indian tradition. The practice of yoga has deep Hindu roots, and is believed to be first passed on by Lord Shiva, to his wife Pavarti. Yoga was mentioned on a regular basis throughout the ancient Indian scriptures called the Vedas. The actual word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit Vedic word “yuj” which means “union” or “Join” or “unite”, referring to your body, mind and spirit.
When I decided to start doing yoga, it was just for its physical benefits. I knew that it would make me stronger, more flexible, and give me a well-toned stomach and booty. But what I know now about the practice of yoga is that it is more spiritual than physical. You will realize that there are two worlds, spiritual and non-spiritual, and begin to recognize the differences between the two. You can achieve a spiritual balance and mental clarity, and have a better understanding who and what you really are. Yoga is a way of being, it is a way of life handed down to us over the span of 5,000 years. It is a guide to help you be healthy and happy, and to maintain a continuous flow.
Yoga consists of poses called asanas, each having a distinct effect on the body and mind. Physically, you gain more strength and flexibility, an increase in endurance, a greater tolerance for pain and better blood circulation. Mentally, the poses help you focus and be simple-minded, so you can achieve mental calmness and clarity.
There are many variations of yoga positions. There is sitting, standing, and laying down poses. Each pose is directed to a specific result. Some increase sexual desire, reduce blood pressure, relieve stress, improve energy, reduce cramping and PMS. The more yoga poses you practice, the sooner you will feel balanced emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
A series of postures I learned first was a variation called “Sun Salutation”. This is a series of twelve poses, which consists of front and back bending postures. This pose will help pump blood through the body and enhances digestion by increasing oxygen consumption. It is a great way to help your body detox and get rid of daily toxins.
About the Author
Matthew J SantoriYoga has taught me many things about the way my body works, the way my mind thinks, and how one can not be in flow without the other. Learn how poses, meditation, and breathing exercises get rid of stress and disease.http://www.worlddank.com/yoga-lessons-what-to-expect.html
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