So, in honor of a friend of mine who is a yoga instructor at Spark Yoga, I am going to post about International Yoga Day. I actually do not know a lot about yoga what I do know I got from either friends or the internet. Specifically, Wikipedia… yes, I know they are not really a credible source but it’s all I got. So, sorry if this is not totally accurate. You can inform everyone about the truth of the discipline of Yoga.
The definition of Yoga, according to Wikipedia is, “a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. Yoga is one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophical traditions. There is a broad variety of yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The term “yoga” in the Western world often denotes a modern form of Hatha yoga, consisting largely of the postures called asanas.” If you do not know half of those words you are not alone. There should be links to them in the post.
The experience that I have had with the discipline is that many chiropractors advise their patients to do some yoga and some other stretches to help with their spines and muscles. Being an athlete I have used stretching and some yoga when I have had back and neck pain. I have also been advised by several friends that I should do it for general health. So, as far as my knowledge goes, I know about it for the health purposes. I would recommend it to anyone needing relief from soreness or joint pain. As for the religious purpose and background of the art, I do not have any knowledge.
Go out and do some yoga today!
Be Strong and Courageous