What is Yoga?
The word “yoga” essentially designates, “that which brings you to reality”. Literally, it signifies “union.” Union means it brings you to the ultimate authenticity, where individual manifestations of life are surface bubbles in the process of engendering.
Why Should I Do Yoga?
There are so many benefits of doing yoga. Yoga can help you:
- ameliorate and maintain the health of muscles, joints, and organs
- keep your mind salubrious
- get a better night’s slumber
- amend performance and obviate injuries in sports
- speed recuperation from training
- avert conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and auto-immune disorders
- decelerate the negative effects of an office job
- and increment your sense of bliss and well being
How Many Times Per Week Should I Practice?
Yoga is amazing—even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will experience the benefits of the practice. If you can do more than that, you will certainly experience more benefits. I suggest starting with two or three times a week, for an hour or an hour and a moiety each time. If you can only do 20 minutes per session, that's fine additionally. Don't let time constraints or unauthentic goals be an obstacle—do what you can and don't worry about it. You will likely find that after a while your desire to practice expands naturally and you will find yourself doing more and more.
Is Yoga a Religion?
Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy that commenced in India an estimated 5,000 years ago. The father of classical ashtanga yoga (the eight-limbed path, not to be discombobulated with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois' Ashtanga yoga) is verbally expressed to be Patanjali, who indited the Yoga Sutra. These scriptures provide a framework for spiritual magnification and mastery over the physical and noetic body. Yoga sometimes interweaves other philosophies such as Hinduism or Buddhism, but it is not indispensable to study those paths in order to practice or study yoga.
I'm Not Flexible—Can I Do Yoga?
Affirmative! You are an impeccable candidate for yoga. Many people think that they require being flexible to commence yoga, but that's scarcely like thinking that you require being able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will avail you become more flexible.
What Do I Need to Begin?
All you genuinely need to commence practicing yoga is your body, your mind, and marginally of curiosity. But it is additionally auxiliary to have a dyad of yoga leggings, or shorts, and a t-shirt that's not too baggy. No special footgear is required because you will be barefoot. It's nice to bring a towel to class with you. As your practice develops you might want to buy your own yoga mat, but most studios will have mats and other props available for you.