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Today, on June 21st, we celebrate International Yoga Day. Let’s discover some interesting facts you probably didn’t know about the history of Yoga!

Yoga is primarily a spiritual discipline that concentrates on subtle science that focuses on achieving harmony between an individual’s mind and body.

The word Yoga first appeared in the oldest sacred texts, the Rig Veda and is derived from the Sanskrit root “Yuj” which means join or unite. According to the Yogic scriptures, the practice of yoga leads an individual to the union of consciousness with that of universal Consciousness. It eventually leads to a great harmony between the human mind and body, man & nature.

The first versions of yoga were meant for spiritual practices and revolved around several core values.

The first core value analyzed an individual’s perception and cognitive state while understanding the cause of suffering and eventually using meditation to solve the issue. The second core value focused on boosting consciousness, and the third was used as a way of achieving transcendence. The fourth value was full of mystery because it used yoga to penetrate into other people’s bodies and act supernaturally.

Over the past several years, yoga has experienced an upsurge in popularity in the world among medical professionals because it proved its power to maintain and improve both mental and physical health.

Today, the celebration passes in line with global concerns around the Covid-19 pandemic, emphasizing the importance of maintaining good health, but within constraints of social distancing.

It doesn’t matter whether you are young or old, overweight or fit, yoga has the power to calm the mind and strengthen the body. The beauty of yoga is that you don’t have to be a yogi or yogini to reap the benefits, because yoga is for everyone!

Now let’s recall the benefits of yoga that can be reaped by each of you!

  1. Improves strength, balance and flexibility.

Slow movements and deep breathing increase blood flow and warm up muscles, while holding a pose can build strength.

  1. Helps with back pain relief.

Yoga is as good as basic stretching for easing pain and improving mobility in people with lower back pain. The American College of Physicians recommends yoga as a first-line treatment for chronic low back pain.

  1. Benefits heart health.

Regular yoga practice may reduce levels of stress and body-wide inflammation, contributing to healthier hearts. Several of the factors contributing to heart disease, including high blood pressure and excess weight, can also be addressed through yoga.

  1. Relaxes you, to help you sleep better.

Research shows that a consistent bedtime yoga routine can help you get in the right mindset and prepare your body to fall asleep and stay asleep.

  1. Can mean more energy and brighter moods.

You may feel increased mental and physical energy, a boost in alertness and enthusiasm, and fewer negative feelings after getting into a routine of practicing yoga.

  1. Helps you manage stress.

According to the National Institutes of Health, scientific evidence shows that yoga supports stress management, mental health, mindfulness, healthy eating, weight loss and quality sleep.

Numerous studies show yoga’s benefits in arthritis, osteopenia, balance issues, oncology, chronic pain and other specialties. Even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will experience the benefits of the practice.

 

Join us in our path to wellness through achieving harmony between our mind and body in Hyatt Fitness Center & Spa!

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