Yoga:a discipline with many virtues
Lotus, downward facing dog, tree, warrior… the somewhat strange names of yoga postures intrigue you, as does the practice of this sport itself. What are its real benefits for our body? How is it a source of well-being? Find out where this practice, which is increasingly appreciated by the French, comes from.
Yoga:where does this practice come from?
The history of yoga begins over 5,000 years ago in India. At that time, the first writings on this physical and spiritual practice appeared in the form of texts called yoga sûtra. All styles of yoga draw their inspiration from this yoga sutra written by Patanjali. The original texts were then reworked to become accessible to all. The practice of yoga born in India is also inspired by many sacred texts such as the Upanishads, and philosophical currents such as Vedanta, Buddhism, Samkya, etc.
Yoga very quickly seduced the Western world and new yoga practices appeared. The practice of yoga has become accessible to everyone. Besides the spiritual aspect, yoga can be practiced as a physical activity to gain flexibility or reduce stress.
If you've ever taken a yoga class, you've probably heard your teacher say "Namaste" at the end of the class, folding his hands in front of his heart. Do you know what that means?
– “ Nama ”:to bow,
– " te ":you.
Namaste therefore means " I bow before you ".
Yoga and the French in a few figures
– 2.8 million French people practice yoga regularly or occasionally;
– 49% of yogis are between 35 and 64 years old;
– 50% practice yoga for a healthy lifestyle.
The benefits of yoga on body and mind
The main goal of yoga is to find harmony between body and mind. More than just a physical activity, yoga is a path to mental and physical well-being. Its benefits are therefore multiple.
What are the best yoga postures?
Whatever the type of yoga, this activity consists of doing sequences of postures guided and punctuated by your breathing. What are the best simple and effective yoga postures for beginners or the most experienced?
What are the different types of yoga?
– Hatha:a comprehensive yoga that prepares the body for meditation through postures, stretches and breathing exercises;
– Ashtanga:a dynamic yoga with series of rapid postures associated with breathing.
– Kundalini:a yoga for the more initiated that requires great concentration and a certain stability;
– Vinysasa:a dancing yoga with an almost choreographic sequence of postures;
– Nidra:A spiritual yoga that encourages letting go. It is said to help you get a good night's sleep.
If the practice of yoga has undeniable positive effects on our physical and our mental, it also allows us to reconnect with ourselves. The more you practice, the more you will want to have a healthy lifestyle. Namaste.