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Yoga: Its Origins, Teachings and Benefits

I started yoga this week. I have a few friends and aunties who practice yoga and do nothing but preach, preach, preach, so in an act to become more flexible, to cure my lower back

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I started yoga this week. I have a few friends and aunties who practice yoga and do nothing but preach, preach, preach, so in an act to become more flexible, to cure my lower back pain, to relieve stress and basically to feel happier I did a YouTube beginners tutorial then went to a class. I felt super awkward at first with the deep, heavy, breathing in a room with a bunch of people that I’ve never set eyes on before in my whole life, but as I became more immersed in the session I became more okay with the man behind me making orgasm noises as I wasn’t paying attention, in fact I had completely zoned out and was just focussing on every single individual part of my body and I didn’t feel silly anymore. The session was lovely and I cannot praise it enough, we spent 50 minutes in practice and 10 minutes ‘relaxation time’ (or meditation time) and I don’t know if it’s all in my head but I have felt seriously good this week. I’m full of beans, I’m excited, I’m happy, I feel light, if that makes sense, and I’ve been inspired, as it’s been a while since I’ve wrote an article. Sorrrrrrry guys.

I’ve since became intrigued on how I can learn sequences to DIY and curious to fully understand what yoga is, where did it come from and what is it all about???? So I did my research.

What is yoga?
Yoga originated to what we believe was more than 5,000 years ago, yet researchers still can’t pin point an exact time, by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India. The word ‘yoga’ has been derived from ancient Hindu texts also known as Vedas, which gives researchers a rough idea of when yoga was born. In the Vedas there are four different texts in which all speak of yoga teachings.

“The Rigveda is the oldest Vedic text. The term ‘veda’ in Sanskrit means ‘knowledge’ while ‘rig’ means ‘praise’. The Rigveda is therefore known as the book of knowledge in the praise of the almighty. This particular Veda is accepted as the source of Hinduism.

Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda mean knowledge of sacrifice, knowledge of chants and knowledge of Atharvan (a powerful sage who lived in the Vedic times) respectively. These books contain invaluable pearls of wisdom and describe in detail the concept of Hinduism as a lifestyle rather than a religion.

Since yoga features as one of the most important aspects of the Vedic texts, it can be said without doubt that it was a way of life back then. Descriptions of Yoga in these seminal texts encourage the practice of yoga to merge the material and physical realm with the spiritual realm.” – yoga.com

Yoga is still practiced as part of a lifestyle to many today and is a huge part of people’s daily workouts or as yogi’s prefer, their ‘daily flow’. Yoga is not strictly practiced by Hindu’s but is practiced by many people of different religion, which is what makes yoga a very special practice as it brings together people of all backgrounds and beliefs in one peaceful community.

Why practice yoga? What are the benefits?
There are literally countless benefits of yoga including benefits for you mind, your body and your soul.

Mind: Yoga definitely gives you a peaceful mentality. Yoga and meditation are beautifully linked and work wonders together to free your mind of negative thoughts and to relieve tensions and stresses of the mind. Yoga not only relaxes your mind but it supposedly decreases self-esteem issues as you experience thankfulness, and appreciation of the body you have been given.

Body: After a yoga session you’re more than likely to feel clean, refreshed, invigorated and by practicing every day can ultimately lead to a healthier mind and a healthier body, once you become committed to yoga you become more committed to keeping your body in check by giving it the right nutrition, the right fuel for your fire.

Soul: Like I previously mentioned yoga and meditation are beautifully entwined as you’ll no doubt have a relaxation session at the end of your practice where you have a moment to relax and reflect on your body, how you’re feeling, how your body is feeling and what you aim to achieve for the week (mine was to loose 3lbs lol) the month, the year or in your lifetime. Having a good awareness of yourself, to know what makes you happy, and whether you’re on the right path to happiness or not. The more your practice the more you will become aware of what your happy is… and being happy is the key to a healthy soul.

 

NAMASTÉ HUNS X

 

namaste

 

hannah@theblackandwhiteedit.co.uk

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