There are many Scientific and theoretical benefits of Yoga. Whether you want to relax, become more flexible or connect with your spiritual side, yoga can help you strengthen your body to boost physical and mental wellbeing.
The History Of Yoga?
Yoga is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices or disciplines which orginated in ancient India
Yoga in the modern world is predominantly a physical practice. A series of poses and postures which connect body and mind and focus on breathing. But it is actually an ancient practice which has practically been around for ever, well c.500 BCE to be precise when it was first mentioned in Sanskirt scriptures.
Modern postural yoga
Tirumalai Krishnamacharya on request of a king developed the practice to strengthen the body and mind and help create a strong, independent, Indian man. Influenced strongly by Swedish gymnastics and other yoga practices he created modern postural yoga.
Thanks to a famous visit to an ashram by The Beatles in 1968 and life becoming overwhelming and stressful, Yoga entered the mainstream western culture on a big scale in the 1960's and has just grown in popularity since. With so many health benefits it is not surprising.
10 Benefits of yoga:
- Greater joint stability and mobility
- Increased range of movement.
- Improved bone and muscle strength.
- Greater lung capacity
- Helps to reduce stress
- Lowers blood pressure
- Improves immunity
- Mood improver
- Greater sense of self-awareness
- More connected to yourself and the world around you.
You require very little equipment for yoga which is another great benefit but one thing you definitely do need is a good quality yoga mat. Do your research and find one that meets all your requirments, it needs to prevent slipping and injury as well as making your practice more comfortable and enjoyable. If you want a none toxic, eco friednly yoga mat that looks beautiful, simple and stylish then take a look at our natural cork yoga mats.
Ashtanga yoga is a set series of poses linked together in a sequence. A vigorous form of postural yoga.
Ashtanga Yoga benefits:
Along with the benefits listed above:
- A quiet mind as it concentrates on moving through the poses.
- Improvement in cardiovascular fitness.
Taken from Ashtanga yoga but there is no set sequence allowing greater creativity within the practice.
- Improvement in cardiovascular fitness
- Alleviate stiffness and immobility.
A form of Hatha Yoga which focuses on alignment, control and precision. uses props and equipment to help with exploring poses.
- Awareness of body and breath.
Have a quick read of A beginners guide to different types of yoga if your still craving more information.
With great reviews and all the yoga information you could need we highly recommend 'The Little book of Yoga' a pocket sized guide covering all areas of yoga from the history and different types of practices to techniqes, what to wear and poses.
Don't just take our word for it read the NHS's guide to yoga for more information about the practice and the benefits of yoga.