Why are so many people today getting into Yoga! While most of the people are not actually into the metaphysical, theoretical or religious basis of Yoga, although many of them are, the one thing that no-one can deny is the incredible rewards of greater health, liveliness and balance that outcome from a regular Yoga practice. In the east Yoga has been proficient for 1000s of years and shows no signs of flagging, in both India itself the birthplace of most forms of widespread Yoga, and in most Asian countries which have their own form of yoga known below various names.
Now what Yoga actually is! Yoga is a system of techniques and disciplines that move the user to an end objective. The system may vary as in the many different forms of Yoga, but the end result always is the same, to find the true balance within and without that leads to knowing the self entirely. Now that may seem like a big ask, but even taking a few steps toward that end objective can result in multi-faceted changes in the life as people begin to feel the effects of better posture, better focus and better health. Yoga literally means the union of body, mind and soul that leads to betterment and enlightenment. Within the many forms of Yoga there are the constants, those physical postures that enable the body to become more flexible, balanced and healthy and create a body awareness that can be felt in every day life.
This body awareness helps to keep people healthier as we are able to become aware almost immediately of any imbalance in their body. In today's busy world people are often too busy to take note of the smaller warning signs that their body is becoming overloaded, either through stress, toxicity or poor dietary and sleep habits and they often do not know they are becoming unwell until it is far too late to prevent. People end up sick and in bed and at times this can become the only time we take off from our busy schedules. It is this Yoga cultivated body awareness that can help people to prevent and pre-empt most of these illnesses and become aware of the need to slow down and take some time for ourselves so that we can be at our best, and giving of our best at all times. People also get to enjoy the time off rather than spend it in bed wishing someone would just bury us alive.
An Asana or posture or pose, is meant to be refreshing and relaxing rather than fatiguing or requiring effort, although some forms of Yoga are a real exercise. These postures while performed regularly are meant to create a stable and balanced use of the body in all situations. Some of the postures have been developed from copying the characteristic postures of animals, birds, reptiles and insects and others as form of dance performed as a prayer to the sun. All of them prepare the body for standing, sitting or moving in conscious stillness as meditation.
There are a few commonsense rules that should be observed before performing a Yoga exercise. One should allow at least 2 to 3 hours going by after a main meal and an hour after a snack. They must empty the bladder and if possible the bowels; sponge over their body to give a feeling of freshness before they begin; wear loose fitting preferably stretchable clothing and workout on a level floor or park and be sure the room has adequate ventilation. People must use a thick blanket or yoga mat under his or her body. For greater control and for deepening their practice they should use a Yoga Swing. There are many types of Yoga filtering into Western society which means it will be easy to find one that suits them.
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