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Yoga, For Mind, For Body And For Life

By Brent McNutt

Yoga has become one of the most popular and widely enjoyed fitness practices in the world today. It offers a wide variety of benefits to the person both mentally and physically. Yoga is a great way to not only get I shape but to also bring a peaceful clarity to the mind. It has been described by many as a combination of meditation, exercise and stretching. The practice of yoga goes back hundreds of years in the east and has taken many forms as it has been adopted by various countries over time. What we know as modern day yoga is in some ways very similar to yoga in its origin but in many other ways is a far cry from what the first practitioners would recognize.

Yoga originated over 3000 years ago and is an outcropping of many of the foundational Hindu teachings. The original intention was to calm the mind and open the soul to a stronger spiritual connection with the world and the universe. The original concept of yoga, as it plays a role in Hinduism refers to one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy. Today the practice of yoga is more involved with fitness and mental health than with spirituality, although many still connect the two even outside of India. In its modern secular form, what most people know as yoga is actually a derivative form of the practice known as Hatha Yoga which uses postures or “poses” that are taught are used as a form of exercise and meditation for personal enrichment.

The actual practice of yoga comes from ancient teachings that are credited to the Hindu . This was first discovered in India and spread like wildfire across the west from there. This was first used in an effort to gain control over a persons mind, this was a popular r treatment in helping a person to relax and relieve stress from their life. This also was used to help a person to get in better connection with their spiritual side of their life. The world outside of India refer to Yoga as meaning the art of poses to get in better connection with a person’s body as well as mind.

Some of the more basic and common positions associated with yoga are Uttanasana or Standing Forward Bend, Adho Mukha Savasana or Downward Facing Dog, Bhujangasana or Cobra, Vrukshasana or Tree Pose, and of course the classic Lotus Blossom seated position most commonly used for long term meditation. These positions are relatively simple to learn but the connection to the mind and body that is created during each of these positions may take the practitioner years to master.

For a person who is interested in improving their overall sense of self and getting a clearer and more focused perspective to their life, yoga can be a great benefit. This is an age old practice, that can make a major difference in the life of those who commit to it in their lives.

Brent McNutt really enjoys socializing and networking with healthcare professionals online and also likes talking about Landau Scrubs and cherokee scrubs and also likes writing articles about various topics.

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