Yoga is extensively known as a form of exercise that stretches and strengthens the body through various poses known as ASANAS. For some people, yoga is the realization of inner self-satisfaction. For others, it is a religion that they believe and must follow.
All of this statement makes it hard to make a full understanding of what yoga is.
So what is yoga?
Yoga goes far beyond just mere exercises full of awkward routines. Yoga is the union of mind, spirit, and body.
HATHA YOGA is the most popular variety of yoga and one that has been commonly taught for years AND the one that I teach. This type of Yoga is perfecting the mind by way of perfecting the body. With this technique, many ASANAS or postures, breathing techniques, and meditations are used.
Yoga is a very diverse practice, people young and old can gain many benefits from regular yoga practices, and ASANAS can be adjusted to fit physical limitations and other complications.
If you want a break from treadmills, weight rooms, or the pool, take a look at yoga. Not only are you striving towards physical well-being, you are striving towards spiritual well-being also.
Basically the simple answer to the question….what is Yoga?……is:
Yoga helps you become your own best version of YOU!
The truth is that yoga is anything you want it to be.
There is A LOT of stretching in yoga, but…what’s really going on when you stretch one muscle is that you’re actually flexing another. This relationship is known as “extensors and flexors.” When the extensor muscle relaxes, the flexor muscle strengthens.
These muscle groups are known as skeletal, forming around the bones to bend and straighten joints while creating motion and activity in the other surrounding muscles. Muscle groups are being toned and shaped, while internal organs are being purified and massaged.
By adding conscious movement, your body and mindwill stretch and strengthen. It’s up to you how much you want to either relax into a pose or activate and strengthen your muscles. Just be mindful that you are approaching each pose with grace and ease.
Whatever the style of yoga it is that you practice, you are dedicating time to connect the mind, body, and breath.
Much like life, yoga is not a destination but rather a journey that unfolds before your very eyes. Be the silent observer of your body and allow yourself to watch and appreciate the amazing things it is capable of doing and you may surprise yourself with what you as a whole being can achieve.