The Peaceful Practice of Yoga Finding calm in uncertain times...
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A 3,000 year old tradition, with origins beginning in India, yoga is an ancient practice bringing together the mind and body. Derived from the Sanskrit root, yuji, meaning to unite, yoga incorporates breathing exercises, meditation and poses to encourage relaxation and reduce stress.
Promoting healthy living through art and science, yoga uses meditation and breathing to help improve a person's well-being. Furthermore, regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness; increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns; relaxes the mind; centers attention; and sharpens concentration.
The main focus in yoga is prana, or breath. Through practicing diaphragmatic breathing, you train your lungs to utilize oxygen better; whereas, asanas, or poses, help develop core strength, balance, flexibility and improve posture. The meditative effects of yoga help to enter the harmonious state of feeling connected, peaceful and tranquil after each session.
And, not to be overlooked, is the social aspect of being around like- minded people seeking balance in their mind, body and spirit. Simply stated, yoga is good for your soul!