why practice yoga?
and what's it all about?
yoga is a rich ancient science, with the word yoga coming from the sanskrit root "yuj”, to join, or to link. the practice of yoga can take us from the ordinary to the sacred, from the mundane to an awakened sense of self. by balancing the body, mind and spirit, yoga gives us the tools to live consciously and with awareness.
in experiencing our true self more deeply, yoga teaches us to see more clearly into the nature of our interrelationship with the world around us. this ability to know all parts of our selves with compassionate self-awareness, gives us the inner strength to face the difficulties life might bring us. in essence, yoga is a science and an art of self-awareness, self-realization, and self-discovery.
most westerners identify yoga with hatha yoga, which seeks to promote health and well-being through the physical aspects of yoga. these are called “poses”, “postures” or “asanas” (sanskrit). a sustained yoga practice can offer many benefits, not least of which is a strong, supple and healthy body. it’s never too late or too early to begin the practice of yoga. anyone can do it!
listed below are a few of the benefits of a continued yoga practice with emphasis on asana (postures) and pranayama (breathwork):
- inner organs, glands and nerves function better
- circulation improves
- daily vitality and well being increases
- musculoskeletal flexibility and joint range of motion increases
- strength and resiliency increases
- sleep improves
- immunity increases
- faster recovery from injury
- pain decreases
- anxiety and depression decreases
- self-acceptance increases
- better concentration and memory