Lifestyle

26 October 2020
Yoga Time!

Let us start with what yoga is... “Yoga” is a word used to describe different physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines. Men who are into yoga are called “yogi” while women are called “yogini”. It is believed that these expressions stem from 2000 years ago in Yoga Sutra. “Yoga Sutra” is a collection of 195 yoga terms used as a guide and handbook. 

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There are 8 descriptions you will most likely and frequently hear if you are into yoga:

• Yamas – Moral Imperatives,

• Niyama – Observances,

• Asana – Poses,

• Pranayama – Control of the Breath

• Pratyahara – Withdrawal of the Senses

• Dharana – Concentration

• Dhyani – Meditating 

• Samadhi – Union, Harmonious Whole

There are some sounds to accompany a yoga practice, the most classic being the “om!”. These sounds are called “mantra”. They can be a syllable or an entire sentence. Etymologically, the term mantra was derived from Indian words of think (Man) and tool (Tra), meaning the sounds used to think in yoga.

There aren’t any prerequisites to start yoga, and you shouldn’t worry that you are not flexible. Yoga is a completely internal and personal journey; you should not compare yourself to anyone else. Remember that you have started this journey to learn and become conscious. 

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Yoga can also be great for your health. The first and obvious benefit is that it increases your flexibility and opens your spine and your joints. Which in return makes you more flexible and fit. Other benefits of yoga include:

• Increasing muscle mass

• Improving posture

• Prevents fractured cartilage and joints

•  Protects spine

• Improves bone structure

• Increases blood flow

• Improves immunity

• Increases heart rate

• Lowers blood pressure

• Makes you feel happier

• Helps you adopt a healthier lifestyle

• Lowers blood sugar

• Helps concentration

• Improves balance

• Regulates nervous system

• Ensures a better sleep

• Calms the mind

• Increases confidence

There are many more benefits of yoga to the body and mind; it is an adventure that will help you grow physically and spiritually. You must entirely focus on yourself and learn to stay in the moment throughout this journey. We suggest integrating yoga into your lifestyle for a healthy spine; remember that you are only as young as your spine! 

“Your body exists in the past and your mind exists in the future. In yoga, they come together in the present.” B.K.S Iyengar