Over the last few years I have received a lot of questions about yoga. So, I decided to put together this little blog post to answer some of the most common questions I get.
What do you love about yoga?
I love how yoga can change your life if you are open to it. Yoga teaches us to live a balanced life in a balanced body. It helps us make space in our lives for the things that are truly important and to be present in those moments. It helps us to become healthier, happier, and to live life to the fullest.
What exactly is yoga?
Yoga is a set of physical postures or poses designed to help you explore and enhance movement in the body so that you can move through life more easily and gracefully. It is a practice both on and off the mat and teaches you how to honor your body, live in the present, and breathe fully. It is about learning to live a balanced life in a balanced body. As with anything that you practice, it will become more natural and easier over time.
What are the benefits of yoga?
It just makes you feel better.
Increases strength and flexibility.
Improves posture and it might even make you taller.
Brings the body into alignment and alleviates aches and pains.
Reduces back pain by increasing health and flexibility in the spine and strengthening the core.
Increases lung capacity, improves circulation, and lowers the risk of heart disease.
Strengthens your bones, which helps to prevent osteoporosis.
Reduces stress, calms the nervous system, and increases serotonin.
Helps to develop a mind/body connection and become present.
What is Savasana?
Savasana is the final pose practiced in a yoga class. It is a resting/restorative pose and is an opportunity to completely relax, both physically and mentally. Savasana builds the mind body connection which helps you tune into the physical sensations of the body and become present. It also calms the mind, resets the nervous system, increases endorphins, and reduces stress and anxiety.
What does Namaste mean?
In yoga, Namaste is often stated at the end of every class. In India, Namaste is a polite way to greet someone or a polite sendoff. There are many different translations but the basic meaning is: The light in me honors the light in you. This is my favorite translation,
"I honor the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells, I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Truth, of Light and of Peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are One.”
What does Om mean and why is it included in yoga classes?
Om is a sound or vibration that is traditionally sung before and after a yoga class. It is said to be the sound of the universe or the sound that occurred as the Big Bang happened. When sung or chanted, Om creates a vibration physically in the body that calms the mind and the nervous system. It helps us to connect to our practice in a deeper way and separate this time from the rest of our day.
6 Health Benefits of Yoga by Leah Sugerman: http://www.doyouyoga.com/6-health-benefits-of-yoga-63676
OM: What Is It & Why Do We Chant It? by Sam Saunders: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7565/om-what-is-it-why-do-we-chant-it.html
New research on Yoga and Bone Health, 12-Munuetes of Daily Yoga May Improve Bone Health by Yoga International
‘Namaste’ Isn’t Only for Yoga: 3 Ways It Can Change Your Life! By Jayme Barrett