What is Yoga?
Yoga is a state of physical, mental and spiritual practices or disciplines. Yoga is believed to be originated from ancient Nepal and India. The meaning of yoga reflects the connection of body, mind and soul together.
Yoga is now a very popular form of exercise worldwide. According to a national survey in 2020, one in seven adults in the United States, Canada, United Kingdoms and India practised yoga in the past 12 months.
The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word “Yoking” meaning “Union” or “To Join”. The word: Yoga was first mentioned in the collection of ancient texts “Rig Veda” which is an ancient “Hindu Book”
Yoga is believed to be originated from the 2 countries Nepal and India about 5000 years ago.
Yoga is believed to be practised by the Indian Monks 5000 years ago.
They spread the knowledge of yoga in southern countries during the late 1890s.
Types of Yoga
Yoga mainly focuses on exercise, breathing, strength and agility. Yoga not only focuses on breathing but also helps to keeps up physically and mentally healthy.
Yoga is done in various ways:
This type of yoga is mainly practised by pregnant women or by the women after giving birth to children. This type of yoga helps women during pregnancy and helps to retain their original shape after giving birth to a child.
It is commonly known as hot yoga. In this type of yoga, the room is artificially heated up to 105 °F and humidity is maintained up to 40%. This yoga contains 2 sequences of breathing exercises and 26 posses.
It is one of the traditional Yoga types. It becomes popular during the early 1970s. It is linked with breathing.
It is generally categorized as the introductory or basic poses of yoga. It is the generic term for all yoga which include physical poses.
This is the branch of yoga that aims to free our future from negativity and selfishness.
This branch of yoga is about wisdom, the path of the scholar, and developing the intellect through study.
This is the branch of yoga which is a pathway of ritual, ceremony, or consummation of a relationship.
this is another branch of yoga that aims to establish the path of devotion, a positive way and cultivate acceptance and tolerance which is part of life.
This is the branch of yoga that teaches the students/learners to know, accept and learn from the body. Kripalu yoga is started with breathing exercises, gentle stretches followed by various types of pozes and final relaxation.
This yoga belongs to meditation which aims to release a bunch of energy.
It begins with chanting followed by asana, pranayama, and meditation that aim to create a specific outcome and ends with singing.
This is the meditative and relaxing type of yoga.
In the restorative type of yoga, a person uses props such as blankets and bolsters to sink into deep relaxation without exerting any effort when holding the pose. This yoga has 5 simple poses.
This type of yoga mainly focuses on holding passive possess for a long period of time. This includes the exercises of ligaments, joints bones and tissues.
It is based on the adaption, repetition and holding art and science of sequencing.
Benefits of Doing Yoga
Research and studies have shown that yoga which includes various asanas (postures), meditations, chants and breathing practice improves blood circulation, increases metabolism, improves lung functions and boosts immunity power.
Studies have shown that people doing yoga regularly and mentally happier and healthier than those who do not practice it.
Glowing Skins are seen even in old age of those people who regularly practised yoga.
It has many physical and mental benefits: –
- Better breathing
- Glowing of skin even in old age
- Boosts the metabolism
- Better blood circulation
- Reduces the stress
- Helps in the treatment of addiction to drugs, alcohol etc.
- Reduces anxiety, chronic disease
- Better Lung function
- Improves sleep
- Makes the more flexible
Makes us healthier and happier.
Risks & Side Effects of Yoga.
It is very rare to incur serious problems during yoga practice. People may suffer from strains and sprains and sometimes bone fractures while doing difficult possess.
Pregnant women, people with bone losses or people with ongoing medical conditions should consult the trainer or medical people before starting.
Some people may need to modify or avoid some yoga poses that could be risky given their specific condition.