Monday, December 22, 2008

Yoga Exercising

Yoga is a great exercising system that help you to breath, stretch and also meditate.  Even if you aren't a fitness fanatic you should already know that yoga is both relaxing and healthy.  If you want to lower you blood pressure and heart rate then you should get started with yoga, and will help to suppress other body functions so that you can achieve a state total relaxation.  People of all ages can get involved as there is yoga for older people and yoga for during pregnancy.

Yoga means to yoke or unite.  Anyone seeking to promote or get their health back to the best state are welcome to try a class.  It is said that yoga helps to strengthen and cleanse the body at the same time as you are able to use your mind to connect with the Universal Self.  It doesn't matter what your religios beleifs are, you are welcome to try yoga out.

Yoga is, however, does associate with Buddhism.  This is a fact that might surprise you:  yoga is several centuries older than Buddhism.  Ancient seals have been found that depict the gods doing the poses from yoga.  The seals were discovered in the Indus Valley which is one of the first known civilizations here on Earth.  What we call India and Pakistan is what used to be this area.  So despite some people calling yoga "new age" you will find that this couldn't be more wrong as it's estimated to be about 5,000 years old.

Meditation is a necessity of yoga.  To really get all you can out of the exercises, you need to quiet your mind and focus on having your body, spirit and mind becoming one.  Yoga is a common activity and you get out of it what you put into it.  If you really are commited to yoga, the results will sow themselves off.

Much of yoga was taken from ancient tests called Hatha (the physical body).  There were many philosophers that enjoyed the activity and a variety of styles you could choose.  Although yoga is practiced for practical purposes, it can also help to relieve stress and help you relax after a busy day.  There aren't many people who can't reap the rewards yoga has to offer.  You can sit in a chair or on the floor.  The stretching really helps the stiff muscles and the breathing helps to calm.