What is Yoga?
The word “Yoga” comes from the sanskirt word, “yuj”, which means to blend or bind. Thus why, Yoga is the art of blending movement with the breath and mind through various yoga postures (called asanas), breathing techniques (called pranayama), and meditation (dhyaan).
Who is Yoga good for?
Yoga is good for ANYONE. That’s right, anyone. You don’t have to be able to twist yourself into a ball to do yoga. Anyone ages 1-100 yrs old can do yoga. It can be adapted to accommodate anyone.
What are the benefits of Yoga?
There are so many benefits, but I will start with the obvious ones that I have personally experienced. Yoga can improve circulation, decrease stress, help you lose weight, help you to “not sweat the small stuff”, improve focus, expanded intuition, and many more. Granted results from a yoga practice will vary from person to person, but those benefits listed are from my own personal yoga journey.
Do I have to touch my toes to practice yoga?
Absolutely not. Confession time: I still can’t get my heels down in downward facing dog from years and years of running, gymnastics, and cheer-leading and probably never will be able to. Does this make me less of a yogini? No way!
About the Author:Runner, yogi, nursing student, wife and mother of 2 beautiful boys in Dayton, OH. I hope to educate, empower and inspire others live more mindfully and balanced lives!