Benefits of Yoga

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Yoga provides us with a variety of benefits and one is never too young or too old to reap the health benefits of Yoga.

History of Yoga

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In modern times, Yoga is heading in a direction that concerns a great many people who honour and respect this age-old tradition. The history of Yoga spans from four to eight thousand years ago to the current day.

Introduction to Yoga

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Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’ which means to unite or to join. People generally think that yoga is a series of exercises with twisted body poses, it is not so.

Pump your lifeline/bloodline with Yoga `Asanas`

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Asana also called sitting down in Sanskrit is a body position, typically associated with the practice of Yoga, intended primarily to restore and maintain a practitioner`s well-being, improve the body`s flexibility and vitality, and promote the ability to remain in seated meditation for extended periods.

Sit/Easy Position - Sukhasana

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A starting position that helps focus awareness on breathing and the body; helps trengthen lower back and open the groin and hips.

Dog and Cat - Increases flexibility of spine

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This is really two poses, one flowing into the other. Begin on your hands and knees. Keep your hands just in front of your shoulders, your legs about hip width apart.

Tadasana- Improves posture, balance and self-awareness

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A deceptive pose in that it appears so simple that some students may ask - "why bother?" But just as there`s more to breathing than meets the eye, there is more to standing, too.

Forward Bend or Extension – Uttanasana

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Stretches the legs and spine, rests the heart and neck, relaxes mind and body begin standing straight in Mountain pose or Tadasana.

Trikonasana - the Triangle

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Stretches the spine, opens the torso, and improves balance and concentration. Start with your spread 3-4 feet apart, feet parallel.

Warrior - Virabhadrasana

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Strengthens legs and arms; improves balance and concentration; builds confidence begin in mountain pose with feet together and hands at side.

The Cobra – Bhujangasana

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Stretches the spine, strengthens the back and arms, opens the chest and heart. Lie down on your stomach. Keep your legs together, arms at your side, close to your body, with your hands by your chest.

Downward Facing Dog - Adho Mukha Svanasana

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Builds strength, flexibility and awareness; stretches the spine and hamstrings; rests the heart. Start on your hands and knees. Keep your legs about hip width apart and your arms shoulder width apart.