History of Yoga…

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Yoga is an ancient practice that has its origins in India. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word yuj, which means “to yoke” or “to unite.” Yoga is all about union: the union of body and mind, the union of breath and movement, and the union of the individual self with the universal self.

The practice of yoga can be traced back to over 5,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest fitness practices in existence. While its exact origins are unknown, it is believed that yoga was first developed as a way to physical and mental discipline for Indian ascetics (holy men who renounced the material world).

Yoga truly began to flourish outside of India in the early 1900s, when Swami Vivekananda, an Indian yogi and spiritual teacher, traveled to the West to spread the teachings of yoga. Since then, yoga has become increasingly popular in the Western world as a form of exercise, stress relief, and self-improvement.

There are many different styles of yoga, but all share the same goal: to bring about physical, mental, and spiritual harmony. Hatha yoga is perhaps the most popular style in the West. Hatha yoga focuses on gentle movements and breathing exercises (pranayama) to align and calm the body and mind.

The benefits of yoga are vast and varied. Physically, yoga can help to improve flexibility, strength, balance, and stamina. It can also help to relieve pain, reduce stress, and improve sleep quality. Mentally, yoga can help to reduce anxiety and depression, increase focus and concentration, and promote feelings of calm and well-being. spiritually, yoga can help to promote self-awareness, peace, and a sense of connection with the universe.

Whether you are just beginning your yoga journey or you are a seasoned practitioner, there is a style and teacher out there that is perfect for you. So what are you waiting for? Get on your mat and find your flow!