Yoga is a combination of exercise and meditation rooted in Hindu religious practices. Yoga has been practiced in Eastern cultures for about 5,000 years and is becoming increasingly popular in Western society. Yoga means "to bring together or merge" — joining the mind and body into a single harmonious unit. The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness, and harmony. There are more than one hundred different schools of yoga with most sessions typically comprised of breathing exercises, meditation, and assuming postures poses that stretch and flex various muscle groups.
Relaxation techniques, such as those praticed in yoga can help in many areas some:
•lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis,headaches, and carpal
•lower blood pressure, slows down the heart and breathing rates
•aid with sleeping problems (insomnia)
Some of the benefits of yoga are:
•higher levels of energy
•decreased levels of stress and anxiety
•increased feelings of general well-being
Because there are many kinds of yoga practices, people with movement restrictions or other physical challenges can find one that can meet their needs and abilities. If you are under the care of physicial for any health challenge you should consult them before your first yoga session.
There are lots of yoga classes being offer around the country. To find a class that will be suited to your needs try locating one at Yoga Class Search
Local to the DMV area check out Spiritual Essence Yoga & Wellness Studio. Dana is gifted in the art. In addition to yoga you can enjoy Belly Dancing & Reiki at the studio.
Don’t let the excuse of no time, too cold, too hot, etc be the reason you can’t fit yoga it in your daily routine. My Yoga Online provides a selection of classes you view and participate in via computer.
September is National Yoga Awareness Month so take time out to explore.