What is Yoga? A Quick Overview

The word “yoga” derives from the Sanskrit word “yuj” meaning “to yoke” or “to unite”. It is an ancient practice originating in India and is designed to bring balance to the mind, body and spirit. Yoga is a spiritual practice and a way of living.

Research has shown a daily or even weekly practice can:
  • Relieve chronic pain
  • Increase flexibility
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Improve mental well-being
  • Build physical strength and stamina
  • Improve cardiovascular functioning
  • Protect your spine and support better posture
  • Make you happy and improve your overall health and well-being

Many of us are first introduced to yoga through a physical practice (asana). Most people know common poses like adho mukha svanasana (downward dog) or bitilasana/marjariasana (cat/cow) from magazines or social media platforms and there are many different styles of asana to choose from: Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hatha, Power, Yin, Kundalini, Restorative, Yoga Nidra, etc. Even within these disciplines there are variations to be found, so how do you know which is best for you? Utilizing a yoga teacher who will listen to your goals and your concerns can help you navigate the benefits of a physical practice. EVERYONE can practice yoga in a safe and supportive space. If you are ready to get started and learn more, I would love to be your guide!  Asana is just a KISS, a small piece, of the yoga puzzle. Check out my page Deepening Your Practice for more!

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