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Yoga, an Ancieny Philosophy

Updated on April 13, 2012

Joining the Individual with the Divine


Yoga May Help Improve General Health

Many people practice yoga today to improve physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness. Many Yoga practitioners experience an enhanced immune system, making their system more able to cope with psychological and physical stress, as well as diminishing chronic pain and improving other areas of general health.

It is beleived that the practice of Yoga may help improve conditions, such as high blood pressure, headaches, migraine, varicose veins, high cholesterol, constipation, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis, among many other ailments. Yoga is known to reduce stress and promote relaxation. Yoga may help treat women´s conditions, including premenstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhea.

Yoga Postures


Connecting the Body and Mind

The main idea behing practicing Yoga is to make a mind/body connection utilizing postures and breathing techniques which can help improve all aspects of an individual's life.

There exist six major types of Yoga practices: hatha, raja, karma, bhakti, jnana, and tantra Yoga. Hatha yoga, which is a highly developed system with more than 200 postures and breathing techniques, is the most practiced type of yoga in America.

Books About Yoga

Yoga Improves Overall Well-Being

A typical hatha yoga routine includes a sequence of physical postures (asanas). Each asana resembles the figure of an object, for instance, cobra, bow, eagle, triangle, locust, and tree, among many others. Each posture requires careful alignment and appropriate steps for entering and exiting, as well. Each pose is held for a given lenth of time, depending on the practitioner's stamina and strength.

Breathing techniques are essential components in yoga and the practitioner should know when to inhale and exhale. Air should be inhaled deeply through the nose. Mental concentration is another important aspect of a yoga session. Yoga postures can be practiced for an extention time of twenty minutes to up to two hours; however, a routine of sixty minutes is considered enough for the implementation and sequence of postures and meditation techniques.

Yoga is believed to be more effective when practiced on a daily basis, and it may form part of your life-long training routine. The basic postures can improve a person´s strength, flexibility, and overall well-being with positive results almost immediately; however, it may take a few years to perfect them. You can learn Yoga from a Yoga teacher or by reading Yoga books.


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