English | 2020 | ISBN: N/A | ASIN: B08JJBR36G | 50 Pages | MOBI | 0.19 MB
What we know today as yoga is a relatively recent form of the ancient practice. Introduced to America in the early 1900s, modern yoga is a mix of ancient Indian indigenous cultural practices and asanas, blended with modern gymnastics, physical therapy, and naturopathy.
Modern yoga was designed to help individuals become more self-aware, tuned into their body’s needs, while opening up to both feelings and intuition. At the same time, it provides a full-body workout, including strength training and stretching. Contrary to popular belief, yoga is not a religion, although some people have included it as part of their religious practices. That is understandable, because this form of exercise is highly effective at removing distractions, calming the emotions, and clearing the mind, which lays a foundation for increased spiritual awareness. In this book, however, the focus will be on the physical aspects of yoga practice and how they can benefit your mind and your emotions.
The majority of yoga positions stimulate the glandular system, encouraging your internal organs to function efficiently. This exercise practice also promotes deep, controlled breathing, which encourages a centered, peaceful mind and a calm, alert spirit. The consistent practice of yoga can lead to many amazing physical, mental, and emotional benefits that you definitely don’t want to miss out on!
While we will detail specific potential benefits of yoga in the next chapter, here are a few of the things you can look forward to when you put into practice the poses in this book. Yoga:
Protects your body from a multitude of physical conditions, ranging from migraines to heart disease.
Keeps your bones and skeletal support system strong.
Boosts your mental health and supports the functioning of the neurological system and other “invisible” body parts.
Is a cost-effective way to stimulate your mental health, your physical health and your spiritual well-being.
Can be very easy to master.
Can be practiced by nearly anyone, anywhere.
Yoga comes in a variety of forms and levels of difficulty, ranging from very basic to extremely complex. Hatha Yoga, the most popular form, is what you are probably most familiar with. It focuses on posture, movement, and breathing. Other types of yoga focus intensely on breathing and meditation while others focus on aspects of wisdom and traditions associated with various forms of religion. This book, however, will focus primarily on Yoga for beginners.