Yoga unites the mind, body, and soul in a way that eases tension and promotes health. Various styles of Yoga involve numerous physical postures breathing techniques, and meditation.
Regular Yoga practice improves breathing, increases endurance for other activities, and promotes mindfulness. It can also promote strength, and instill calmness from anxiety, improve joint flexibility and help overall well being.
Yoga is a popular form of exercise which carries minimal risk of injury. Most likely this is the reason that one in seven North American adults have practiced some form of Yoga in the last 12 months.
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Philosophy of Yoga
The overall philosophy of Yoga is about connecting the mind, body, and soul. Each of the six branches of Yoga represent a different focus and set of characteristics.
The six branches are:
Hatha yoga: Also known as the physical and mental branch that aims to prime the body and mind.
Raja yoga: The branch involving meditation and strict adherence to a series of disciplinary steps known as the eight limbs of Yoga.
Karma yoga: The creation of a path of service focusing on a future free from negativity and selfishness.
Bhakti yoga: To make a path of devotion, channeling emotions in a positive way and cultivating acceptance and tolerance.
Jnana yoga: The branch of Yoga concerning wisdom, the path of the scholar, and developing the intellect through study.
Tantra yoga: This is the pathway of ritual, ceremony, or consummation of a relationship.
Thus, Yoga influences the mind, body, and soul in many ways. Here are the major benefits of practicing Yoga in Toronto and GTA:
Benefits of Yoga
The practice of Yoga dates back to northern India over 5000 years ago and is for both the young and old. The most popular reason that people begin taking Yoga classes is to reduce stress. The fast paced modern lifestyle we live in today puts people under a lot of stress and Yoga is a great way to overcome these stresses from life's day to day challenges. Conditions such as anxiety and depression will also benefit from the focus that Yoga can bring.
In many older people suffering from arthritic changes in their backs, hips or knees, Gentle Yoga has been shown to ease some of the discomfort of these tender, swollen joints.
Other benefits of Yoga have been discovered through research. This research has shown that a consistent bedtime yoga routine can help you get in the right mindset and prepare your body to fall asleep and stay asleep. Further, a better sleep means that you may feel also increased mental and physical energy, a boost in alertness and enthusiasm, and fewer negative feelings after getting into a routine of practicing Yoga.
Finally, Yoga is as good as basic stretching for easing pain and improving mobility in people with lower back pain. Research has also shown that Yoga is a first-line treatment for chronic low back pain, which so many North Americans suffer from.
Our Yoga instructor at iWellness.ca Rehab & Wellness Clinic will be able to guide you and develop the most effective program for you, tailored-made to address any issue. If you are looking to start Yoga or need some experienced tips, contact iWellness.ca Rehab & Wellness Clinic or book your Yoga session online today.