Yoga means union, union between body and mind, connection between breath and movement, connection between all of us... and the divine universe. Yoga is one of the ancient systems of Indian philosophy. Literally in Sanskrit, the language of the yoga tradition, yoga means union.
Yoga works its magic by bringing body and mind into a state of harmony and balance. People come to yoga for different reasons, some to improve health, others to manage stress. In reality, yoga is both proventive and therapeutic.
Yoga one of the very few exercisesthat offer benefits for your body and mind. To begin with, yoga offers a lot of physical benefits as it strengthens, tones,and builds muscles, increases flexibility, stimulates the endocrine system, improves digestion, increases circulation, relaxes the nervous system, improves immune response, decreases cholesterol and blood sugar levels, invites balance and grace, increases body awareness, encourages weight loss, prevents aging, and energizes the body.
Also, yoga has been shown to offer the following mental benefits or mind benefits: relieves chronic stress patterns, quiets the mind, centers attention, sharpens concentration and frees the mind. In addition, yoga helps overcome addictions such as nicotine, alcohol and even eating disorders.
Although there are many styles of yoga, such as Kripalu, Bikram, Kundalini, Iyengar, and Ashtanga; the basic Asana(yoga postures)and Pranayama(breathing practice) remain the same. How they are done, in what order and where attention is focused while practicing them represent the main difference between the yoga schools.
Therefore, varieties of yoga are not a panacea, but support the mind-body connection to health and well-being.
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