January 22, 2024

What Is Yoga?

what is yoga

Yoga, an ancient Indian practice that integrates physical exercise, breathing exercises and meditation, has become an increasingly popular lifestyle choice in recent years, often touted for its health-giving properties. But what exactly is it?

Yoga has been practiced for over 5,000 years. Its aim is to unite body, mind, breath and awareness through breathing techniques and poses that unite them all - linking individuals with universal consciousness while relieving stress. Yoga has often been credited with helping reduce stress while improving physical and mental wellbeing.

Studies demonstrate the many health and fitness benefits of yoga, including improved balance, strength and flexibility as well as overall fitness benefits. Yoga may also offer relief for chronic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis by relieving associated pain.

Yoga practice may range from low-impact and gentle on joints to strenuous movement; depending on its style, practicing can either be low impact and gentle, or require strenuous physical effort. Since Yoga may lead to physical injury if not taught by an experienced instructor who provides clear instructions, it is imperative that practitioners find one and adhere to instructions exactly.

Most yoga instructors receive extensive training to instruct different levels of practitioners, with several national organizations setting minimum standards. It is wise to inquire with your instructor regarding his/her credentials. While injuries related to yoga tend to be lower than other forms of physical activities, proper form should be learned in order to reduce risk. You should avoid practicing directly before or immediately after eating as this increases risk and make sure a warm-up session takes place before class starts.

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