Yoga originally originates from India and the word Yoga in Sanskrit means union, so essentially it is the union of the mind, body, and soul. So components of yoga include breath control, meditation and body postures, but it’s so much more than that. It is a way of controlling your mind and your body. It helps you become aware and live in the present moment. People practice yoga to relieve stress. It’s a great way for relaxation; it’s good for your health. It’s a great form of exercise, and it’s just really good for the overall body. It brings positivity and allows you to feel calm and peace. It also brings happiness and joy and allows you to become a better person, and it improves self-confidence and focuses.
Yoga as a way of activating all of the muscle cells and organs within the body. I personally like to think of it extra, stretching the whole entire body internally and externally. After you practice yoga, you feel so much better, and it doesn’t matter if you have injuries or if you’re unable to do complex postures. Yoga is for everyone. It’s a form of practicing positive lifestyle changes, and there are so many modifications and adjustments that you could do for the different types of body postures depending on what level you are, whether you’re a beginner all the way up to advanced and also those modifications and adjustments can be targeted towards different types of body types and that’s why I love yoga so much because it’s not a competition and it shouldn’t be a competition. It’s your own way of practicing and coming to terms with connecting your whole mind, body, and soul, and it’s kind of like your own journey.
It helps build strength mentally, physically and emotionally. It’s a form of, and it’s not about twisting into a pretzel or doing all of these complexes like handstands, and crazy acro yoga poses that like it’s trending right now or has been trending. Yoga is all about, and you should do it for yourself and solely for yourself and not as a competition, and you shouldn’t focus on what others are doing and feel like you have to like app one someone because that’s not what yoga is about. I love Yoga because you can practice it at your own pace and everyone is at different levels or different point, and it just makes it more exciting, and you watch yourself grow, and you watch that self-growth. Like if you want to do a handstand, maybe you can’t fully do a handstand when you’re a beginner, but then as you progressed and as you practice more, you see yourself develop and grow and then one day it will be able to do the handstand, and it’s just an incredible thing to be able to feel and watch that self-growth, for yourself.
Yoga also has many non-physical practices that do not involve holding a yoga pose. There is pranayama which are types of yogic breathing exercises. Meditation originated in India, so there are many yoga-based meditation practices like mantra chanting or raja yoga. If you want to practice chanting a Sanskrit mantra, you should learn how to use mala beads. There is also jnana yoga which is a mental yoga for studying the mind and the ancient yogic texts.
Everything you learn about yoga can be applied to everyday life. Because there’s a lot of disciplines and a lot of positivity that can be put into perspective on a day to day basis to, all in all, yoga is a self-journey. It’s about growth and pushing yourself to become a better person. I encourage all of all of you to go out and try it. If you haven’t, it is a great way to get your body moving and stay active.