Yoga is a way of the spiritual journey in which the body interacts with consciousness.
World Yoga Day was initiated by Samira Radsi several years ago, a yoga instructor residing in Berlin, Germany. According to Samira she suddenly thought about the idea of making Yoga Day use its benefits to help casualties of human rights infringement when she was drinking her coffee one Saturday morning. Then after sharing her dream of helping individuals by means of yoga with Bjoern Wyrich, her fellow yoga instructor, and a friend, they decided to make a move to make World Yoga day and turned it into a reality.
The most ideal approach to celebrate this day is to take an interest! World Yoga Day happens in many yoga schools around the world, to locate the one closest you and sign up! Regardless of whether you practice Bikram, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, or Laughter Yoga, this day is the day you can help make a difference in the world and in the lives of those who suffer needlessly. Regardless of whether you have never tried yoga, don’t stress! This day is the ideal time for you to see with your own eyes why such a significant number of individuals on the planet are infatuated with it.
“Yoga means union, the union of body and consciousness, and consciousness and soul, yoga cultivates ways to maintain a balanced behavior in everyday life and gives weapons to move forward.” This beautiful statement on the benefits of yoga was delivered by the representative of India to the United Nations in December 2014, during the vote to establish an International Day of Yoga every 21st June.
No matter what type of yoga you practice, its benefits in terms of physical and mental fitness have indeed nothing to prove.
Yoga helps to better manage stress
This is one of the main reasons that push more and more French to participate in yoga classes: its anti-stress power. By focusing on your breathing, your body, and the movements to be done, you get rid of bad tension and take a step back from the daily anxieties. Yoga is also particularly recommended for people suffering from stress-related sleep disorders. More concretely, we offer three yoga exercises to reduce pressure.
Yoga strengthens and tones your muscles
Some stereotypes have hard skin: sometimes you imagine a yoga class as a room full of people meditating, legs crossed. While relaxation is important, yoga also involves physical training.
Slowly get into a position, hold it, get out of it the right way … this job is not easy. Yoga uses muscles that are not commonly used, such as the inside of the legs and arms, and strengthens the whole body.
Yoga helps you keep your spirits up
In addition to increasing the feeling of well-being, yoga also brings significant help from a mental health perspective. According to US researchers at Brown University, yoga is even an alternative to drugs to treat emotional problems and depression, especially during pregnancy.
Yoga improves your flexibility and your balance
Contrary to another widespread belief, no need to be flexible to do yoga: you will become so. Work on your breath and your exhalation allow softening the body gently, without injury.
Several positions are also intended to develop the balance. A job that will be useful throughout the day to maintain a better posture.
Yoga increases your immune defenses
By strengthening your body and helping you fight against stress, yoga helps improve your immune system. No more frequent colds, extra toxins, and digestive disorders!
History of yoga: ancient origins
Yoga originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It was at the time of Patanjali (in 200 BC) that the first founding writings of yoga were born. These writings in Sanskrit are collected in the form of small inspiring sentences that bear the name of yoga sutras.
All the lineages of yoga find their origin in the yoga sutras of Patanjali. Great teachers have worked to make the content accessible to all and for the sutras to be translated into English and French.
Origin of yoga: other inspirations
In addition to the writings of Patanjali, the yoga of India has largely drawn its foundations in texts sacred and/or philosophical such as:
- The Vedanta,
- The Upanishads
- The Bhagavad-Gita
- The Samkya
- The Hatha-yoga Pradipika,
- Tantrism and Buddhism.
Yoga is considered a way for all practitioners to be in harmony with oneself, others, its environment, but also the whole universe.
History of yoga: Westernization of practice
Yoga then became increasingly popular in the West. It has become Westernized and enriched with new practices. The westernization of yoga has made this practice accessible to all.
It is not necessary to have faith to practice yoga: many practices it to feel better or eliminate their stress, without the aim to necessarily reach a fulfilling spirituality. Yoga can be considered as medicine by its beneficial effects on the mental and physical health of the practitioner.