History And Benefits Of Yoga

The word ‘Yoga’ is said to be first found in written and old sacred texts such as the Rig Veda. Primarily, yoga was practiced to have control over the body's senses, build spiritual harmony, and increase enlightenment. Yoga can be traced to as far back as the pre-Vedic Indian traditions around 3000BCE. 

Gradually it was thought and spread to the western public as a way to achieve inner peace and a holistic healthy lifestyle. The first yoga teacher to disseminate yoga to a western audience was Swami Vivekananda who later spread it to the United States and Europe. Around the 1920s Modern Yoga Renaissance began and started the spread of a dramatically evolving yoga practice.

Right now, there are essentially about 13 types of yoga, arguably they are all similar with each having its own forte and perks. They are; Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Hot or Bikram yoga, Hatha yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Couples Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Katonah Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga


Here are a few benefits of yoga

Reduces anxiety, depression, and stress: Yoga can help us modulate the stress response system and reduce our muscle tension or strain. A page from the Harvard University website says that a study carried out by the University of Utah on the effect of yoga on stress concluded that techniques such as yoga can help a person regulate their pain and stress responses. 

Improves mental health: Because of how yoga includes a lot of meditation and breathing exercises into a lot of its routines; it causes mental clarity and awareness. This then sharpens the mind's ability and increases its concentration power which then affects our overall behavior and nature. It helps you understand yourself more; it heightens your unrecognized qualities and builds a sense of relationship with yourself.

Promotes flexibility and balance: The movements and poses associated with yoga extends the limit of the body's flexibility and also builds stamina. Whether being done alone or as part of an exercise routine, yoga helps build the body’s muscles and ligaments while working on both lower and upper body endurance and strength.

Some other benefits of practicing yoga are better sleeping habits, eases body strain, increases body strength, improves sex life, improves sleeping habits, and encourages healthy eating. 

Yoga has been around for years, but it only started to spread about 200 years back and this has happened for good reasons. Yoga, in its tranquil nature, has the ability to transform anyone, guiding them into achieving unimaginable heights both mentally and physically. Some people have found a way of infusing yoga into their daily lives while some have taken it further and gone deeper. Whichever form you choose to explore, the benefits are always positive. 

“As an osteopathic physician, I focus a lot of my efforts on preventive medicine and practices, and in the body’s ability to heal itself… Yoga is a great tool for staying healthy because it’s based on similar principles.” Dr. Natalie Nevins, a board-certified osteopathic family physician and certified Kundalini Yoga instructor in Hollywood, California.