We’ve all heard of yoga and many have practiced but few know much about it. Yoga is at least 2,000 years old! An Indian sage, Patanjali, wrote the Yoga Sutra 2,000 years ago, based on the oral tradition. So it’s probably much older. It didn’t make it into the west until the mid-19th century. It didn’t become very popular until the late 20th century.
Yoga is a Sanskrit term meaning ‘yoke’ or ‘union.’ A Yoga practice is intended to unite you in many ways: movement with breath, mind with body, and your individual self with the universal. That sounds so nice! And it is…
I practiced yoga for about 6 years, long before I became a “Zen Mama”. I just loved our teacher, Suzanne, who taught “Hatha Yoga”. Hatha is most often used to describe gentle, basic classes with no flow between poses. A hatha class will likely be a slow-paced stretching class with some simple breathing exercises and perhaps seated meditation. This is a good place to learn beginners’ poses, relaxation techniques, and become comfortable with yoga. Suzanne had so many positive insights into life. She started every class with a little life lesson that stayed with you for the whole week. Some lessons I’ve written about like the positive words, Sparkle Twinkle. She talked a lot about her relationship with her teenage daughter, her husband and her yoga teacher. She made us all feel like we could do every pose and if not, the yoga police would not come to take us away. I felt relaxed, rejuvenated and inspired when I left each Thursday.
”Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.”
~ Eckhart Tolle
Then I started working more and couldn’t make it to the classes. Yup, it was the old time excuse!
I think you expect yoga to stretch your muscles and clear your mind. What I also grew to love about yoga are the benefits that you don’t expect.
1. You sleep better
2. Better posture
3. Stress relief
4. Weight loss
5. Muscle Tone
6. Mental sharpness
8. Strengthens the immune system
9. Helps your joints
10. Helps to rid of depression
11. Pain Prevention
12. Better Breathing
One thing I’ve also realized is that Yoga doesn’t have to be 60 minutes or even a 1/2 hour. I can do yoga for 5 minutes to 10 minutes and breathe and feel great! I’ll do 4-5 sun salutes, my favorite stretches and a balance pose. Then end with some deep breathing and feel almost as good as I did with an hour and 1/2.
When I was recently approached by Yoga Online to review their website, I jumped at the chance. I’ve been wanting to get back to a yoga routine which would solve my age old excuse of no time!
Here’s what they have to say about their site:
“My Yoga Online is dedicated to bringing yoga, Pilates, health, wellness, and peace of mind to people around the world. We enable anyone, anywhere, to access our growing library of video practices via downloads and state of the art streaming technology, at your own schedule and energy level. Stress reducing classes are critically important in today’s world. By making these healing arts easily accessible, people will attain greater health, balance, and harmony in their lives.”
What I loved about the Yoga Online site:
1. Easy to find videos to fit your level.
2. Articles written by other yoga professionals about life, health, recipes and more.
3. The site is easy to navigate.
4. They have great series of videos. I loved the “On the go” program for busy people and the “Sunrise Series” that are meant for the morning. I showed my husband a video for “Yoga With Carpal Tunnel”. I also enjoyed a meditation and a “Chi Gong” video. I loved a tapping one, just 10 minutes long, from the Sunrise Series. And there was one for a flexible spine that made my day. I purposely tried to find ones that were around 10-15 minutes to fit my time excuse. The next video series I’m signing up for is called: Sleep And Immunity 14-DAY PRACTICE GUIDE. That sounds great to end the day!!
Yoga Online is offering to give a year to one Zen Mama reader for free! Please comment below why a year of yoga would be good for you, and we’ll pick someone next Sunday November 24th. In the meantime all of your can try it out for two weeks for free. If you’d like to try it, click here www.myyogaonline.com/m/bloggers . Copy and paste the link if clicking doesn’t work.
“For me, yoga is not just a workout – it’s about working on yourself.”
~ Mary Glover
P.S. I am not an affiliate of Yoga Online and won’t be making any money promoting it!! I just really loved the site.
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