Yoga, How I Discovered It And How It Has Helped Me

Downward Dog
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Ages 2 to 92 can do Yoga
Ages 2 to 92 can do Yoga
How it got it's name
How it got it's name

Learning to relax

I can give you an example right now of how tense your body gets during the day, and how to be aware of it.

1. Make a tight fist with your right hand and hold tight for 10 seconds. Let go. Let it go limp like an empty glove.

2, Now hold it tight again but with only 1/2 the tenseness. Hold for 10 seconds. Let it go limp again.

3. One more time with only half of the 1/2. Hold 10 seconds. Let it go limp.

During the course of the day, your body will experience different levels of tenseness, just like your hand did. Your neck or shoulders feel tired. A conscious stretch or massage will help relax those muscles. I have learned over the years to recognize the levels of tenseness in my body and I can purposely correct it. Tense and relax exercises can be done on the whole body as well. Start with individual body parts. The feet...hold tight...relax. Then the legs, then the buttocks, then the stomach and chest, then the shoulders. Then the whole body, including pinching up your facial muscles. Hold, tense, release.

Tension is a normal and necessary to be productive. But tension can also release harmful hormones which can affect your metabolism and muscle efficiency.

Yoga is for all ages


Poses in a flowing movement stimulate the whole system. The benefits are more energy, strength, and vitality. Creakiness and aches and pains dissapear.

How I discovered Yoga

I was in my 30's, had a part-time job. Two small children. Neighbors kids were playing in the back yard screaming and running in and out the door. The phone was ringing, and I was getting ready to go to a PTA meeting. Did you ever feel like you were on hamster wheel, being pulled in all directions at once? It was 3 in the afternoon, and a PBS television program came on. It was a cute lady with a long plat down her back. The music was soft and soothing. She said, "Welcome to my new series. Take the phone off the hook, and take this time for yourself." I was intrigued. I'd heard of Yoga, but thought it was some religious practice where people contorted their body and hummed and levitated. I was more curious than interested.

I did all the movements. It wasn't hard. I couldn't see how anything so easy could be beneficial. At the end she explained that the most important part of Yoga was relaxation. Her instructions were to lay flat on your back and close your eyes and go inward. Then she spoke softly leading you through a visual. That's when I lost consciousness. I woke up with a child jumping over me running for the door. Boy, was I shocked. I couldn't believe I fell asleep in the middle of the afternoon. It was only for 10 minutes, but it felt like the beginning of the day.

Wonderful! I have been doing it ever since. I am a Senior Citizen, and I have no aches or pains. I am active, and I want to share this wonderful ancient art with everybody.


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xcubist 5 years ago

I loves me some yoga! Such a nice way to relax and unwind.

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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hello Ann, I have been telling myself for years to try yoga and still haven't, I'm sure anything that will help you relax has got to be good!

Thank you for sharing an excellent hub, I'll start by buying a DVD!

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anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

moviemaster, I recommend Hatha. Start out simple.

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makusr 5 years ago from India


Greetings from MAKUSR. Yoga is not merely an exercise. It's way of life It's one of the eight parts designed to improve your body, life and thought. I am from India. It has a place in our life. 'Pranayam' the breathing exercise is part of it. Thanks for sharing.

Lots of Love,


Lisa Hays 5 years ago

ok- this is next on my list of things to do! YOGA- 3 kids- 2 dogs- life!!!! Good article!

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anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Thank you for your comment, MAKUSR. I agree that Yoga is a way of life and thought. And I didn't touch on the breating. That alone is theraputic in the art of relaxing. Together, they improve your physical and emotional health.

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jeyaramd 5 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

Yoga is definitely achievable. I think people may have misconceptions that you have to be flexible. Its not like that alot. You have to let your body grow into it. Its a great way to live. Yoga has made a huge impact in my well being. Thanks for sharing your great hub.

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anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Jeyaramd, I am spreading the news everywhere I can. It has saved me from many anxious moments. Thank you for stopping in.

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billips 5 years ago from Central Texas

Great article - so many people could benefit from yoga, as you say from two to ninety-two (and beyond, as I aim to prove)- I practice it almost every day, and have for years - love the dog! - B.

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anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Welcome to my hub, billips. I can't say enough for how yoga and stretching has helped me deal with stress.

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AudreyHowitt 5 years ago from California

HI Ann! I love yoga--I love how I feel when I do it, and I love how it helps me feel throughout my day! Great hub!

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anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Namaste! Thanks for the visit Audrey. Ann Davis

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neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

namaste friend.very well written.

did you know that in the yogasutra ( the oldest treatise on yoga) by Rishi patanjali (the ancient sage who first codified yoga)the exercises are just a part of the total system which includes restraint,breathing,living a disciplined life etc t finally reach oneness with the maker. (samadhi)

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Futamarka 3 years ago

Платон однажды пошутил, что греки очень похожи на лягушек, сидящих вокруг пруда, поскольку подавляющее большинство их городов расположено на средиземноморском побережье. Неудивительно, что мифология этого народа тесно связана с водой.

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