I have been practising yoga for over a decade now, and it is a very important part of my life. It doesn’t matter where I am or what I am doing, yoga gives me the opportunity to switch off and focus entirely on my body and my breath. Yoga allows me to meditate and reflect on what’s important in my life. It is also great for core strength and maintaining agility
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If you have been reading my blog, you would have known that I have been having a lot of health issues and concerns over the past 10 months and I’m also in my senior year of school which can get pretty stressful at times and I would get severe headaches, a consistent-nauseated feeling and my skin would break out and it was getting to a point where I was so frustrated all the time and I could not help it, I hate being unproductive and cynical. Nothing makes me more unhappy and I had to find a way to change all of this, I could not find the way to get myself to go to gym or I did not have time and everything was just getting too overwhelming for me.
Recently, to help my acid re flux symptoms get better, I started doing yoga. I started with no intentions and expectations because I live in India and Yoga is not some cool exotic thing, literally everyone here practices it and it’s a part of my culture and heritage that I look forward to exploring and learning more. I started slow with just 20 minutes of slow restorative yoga and just a few sessions in and I could see a tremendous improvement in my behavior and my body reception, it may sound like I’m exaggerating and I’ve probably annoyed my mother too much by talking about how it changed my life but it is true and I want to scream it out loud so everyone can hear. My headache diminished and finally disappeared, my symptoms got better, my body was more receptive to food and my behavioral patterns were no longer irritable and irrational.
WHAT IS YOGA?
Derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, Yoga means union of the individual consciousness or soul with the Universal Consciousness or Spirit. Yoga is a 5000-year-old Indian body of knowledge. Though many think of yoga only as a physical exercise where people twist, turn, stretch, and breathe in the most complex ways, these are actually only the most superficial aspect of this profound science of unfolding the infinite potentials of the human mind and soul. The science of Yoga imbibes the complete essence of the Way of Life.
One of the beauties of the physical practice of yoga is that the poses support and sustain you no matter how old or young, or fit or frail, you come to your mat. As you age, your understanding of asana becomes more sophisticated. You move from working on the external alignment and mechanics of the pose to refining the inner actions to finally just being in the asana.
Yoga has never been alien to us. We have been doing it since we were a baby! Whether it is the Cat Stretch that strengthens the spine or the Wind-Relieving pose that boosts digestion, you will always find infants doing some form of yoga throughout the day. Yoga can be many things to many people. We are determined to help you discover your “Yoga Way of Life!”
Benefits of Yoga:
Increased muscle strength and tone
Improved respiration, energy and vitality
Maintaining a balanced metabolism
Cardio and circulatory health
Improved athletic performance
Protection from injury
- helps deal with anxiety, stress and tension
If you are a beginner like me and want to get started, you can enroll for yoga classes near your localities or you can learn it and do it by yourself. There is a ton of videos and apps on basic yoga. My favourite Yoga app is Down dog.
I have listed a couple of articles down below on how to get started and a few excersizes you can try at home and get started.
YOGA POSES FOR BEGGINERS– https://www.artofliving.org/in-en/yoga/yoga-beginners/easy-yoga-poses-for-beginners
POWER NAP/ YOGA NIDRA- https://www.artofliving.org/in-en/health-and-wellness/yoga-nidra-benefits
YOU CAN FIND A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE ON YOGA AND IT’S BENEFITS AND HOW TO START -https://www.artofliving.org/in-en/yoga/archive?page=1
A/N- let me know if this article was helpful in the comments below, I want to know what you think of Yoga and let me know if you have any queries about this in the comments. I could make a part two, if you guys are interested and talk in detail about it.
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