A Few Words about Yoga
What is Yoga?
The word Yoga comes from yui, a 5,000 year-old Sanskrit word meaning to yoke, join, or unite. The Iyengar school of Yoga defines yui as the “joining or integrating of all aspects of the individual—body, mind, and soul—to achieve a happy, balanced, and useful life.” Reaching kaivalya, emancipation or ultimate freedom, is the aim of Yoga. The science of Yoga uses asanas (postures), focused concentration on specific body parts, and pranayama (breathing techniques) to unify the body with the mind and the mind with the soul.
The Benefits of Yoga
Yoga benefits go well beyond stress management. Regular practice can increase flexibility and improve balance. The pranayama, or breathing techniques, can have positive effects on asthma, depression, lower back pain, and memory. Yoga, combined with diet, aerobic exercise, and meditation, can help with cardiovascular disease rates and blood pressure levels. Yoga helps people cope better with daily demands and to sleep more soundly.
The US Army uses yoga to treat veterans and stress management techniques
GreenMedTV offers an excellent overview on the eight health benefits of Yoga:
Many Western Medical institutes have conducted studies on health benefits of Yoga. This article from Yoga Journal 38 Ways Yoga Keeps You Fit, by Timothy McCall, MD is a very good summary of multiple professional medical studies that confirm Yoga is very good way to improve problems with depression, cholesterol, back pains, circulation, high blood pressure and much, much more.
National Geographic reported on a study by Ohio State University whereby Cancer patients who practiced yoga as part off their cancer treatment were significantly better off those who didnt. Inflammation was much better controlled. HYA is certified by MD Anderson for such yoga treatments.
Hatha, Kundalini and Restorative Yoga are the most popular Yoga styles taught
at the Healing Tree. Our classes focus not on athletics but on physical and mental strength, meditation and relaxation, detoxification and stress relief, in short improving your well being.
All classes are suitable for advanced yogis as well as beginners. You only have to go as far as you are comfortable with the pose.
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