Yoga

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I love yoga. It helps to stretch my muscles, relive the stress and it is very beneficial for your physical health in general. Since I started doing yoga 6 years ago, I got rid of pain in my back, neck and shoulder area. Yoga helps to eliminate migraines.  Also it helps to maintain my low blood pressure. Another benefit of yoga is strengthening the digestive system. Yoga strengthens joint in my knees. I can go on and on in favor of different benefits of doing yoga, however, you can try yoga for yourself and see what experience you will meet as result. I would recommend Iyengar(hatha) yoga, since this style of yoga is most modified for western people, where you can use a lot of different props to help your body to open up, such as blocks, boasters, belts, ropes, blankets and chairs. I usually go to group exercise at the gym to do yoga; however, I enjoy doing yoga outside in the fresh air, when I have free time, which is also rare.

 

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2 Responses to Yoga

  • vaheh says:

    Xenia,
    Let me start off by saying that I love your blog and how professional it looks. I have always found yoga to be quit interesting. However, I had a feeling that it is only for women and that it is not really physically challenging and some sort of meditation. My perception of yoga was shattered when I was invited to join a bikram yoga class last month.
    I exercise and go to gym regularly and I thought of myself as physically strong, but at the yoga session I found my leg and my arms shaking from so much pressure, I was soaked in sweat (well mainly because of the 105 degree room), but the after I felt so great. I can honestly say my body was pushed harder than the gym. I am planning to sign up and make yoga a weekly exercise routine.

  • elena says:

    Yoga is more than mastering postures and increasing your flexibility and strength.

    “The traditional purpose of Yoga, however, has always been to bring about a profound transformation in the person through the transcendence of the ego,”

    In Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism the word yoga means “spiritual discipline”. People often associate yoga with the postures and stances that make up the physical activity of the exercise, but after closer inspection it becomes clear that there are many more aspects of yoga. It is an activity that has been practiced for thousands of years, and it is something that has evolved and changed overtime. Different factions of yoga have developed since its conception.

    The exact history and origins of yoga is uncertain; however, there are pieces that have been connected and allow us to make some conclusions. It is known that yoga originated from the East. The earliest signs of yoga appear in ancient Shamanism. Evidence of yoga postures were found on artifacts that date back to 3000 B.C. Evidence of yoga is found in the oldest-existing text, Rig-Veda. Rig-Veda is a composition of hymns. Topics of the Rig-Veda include prayer, divine harmony, and greater being.

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