Yoga Explained- A Brief Rundown

Sarah Mackay

There are many types of Yoga schools encompassing action and thought. As you might know at Time to Thrive, we just LOVE Yoga, and so we thought we would thread together for you some of the general aspects of the ancient practice.

So many people are joining the tribe of devotees that has been a way of life for many for literally thousands of years. For many, it is the stretchy exercise that people attend trendy studios to limber up at, or perhaps a friend has been raving about it and you decide to join the craze and go along. You may have been a devotee for decades of the Eastern philosophies well before its mass westernization hit the polished floor boards. Either way, if you have done it you don’t need convincing, the amazing practice of Yoga can be life changing and affirming and if you are lucky- enlightening.

According to a recent study published in journal Psychological Medicine titled:

Adjunctive yoga v. health education for persistent major depression

Yoga was found to be superior to other health modalities in alleviating depression symptoms.

This major trial went ran for ten weeks and took into account social and role functioning, general health perceptions, pain and physical functioning. Participants were split into two groups, one group practiced Hatha Yoga and the other undertook other health classes. The Yoga attendees were reported to have depression severities lowered including follow up some 3 and 6 months later.

Yoga is a combination of the physical, the spiritual, material and non-material, the micro and the macro. Its practices are useful for clearing Pollution of the body, mind, and spirit while striving for an equilibrium between states, sustenance and the mastering of consciousness.

Yoga encompasses ritualized practices such as breathing techniques which can include inhaling, exhaling and breath retention in cycles, meditation, physical poses, asanas (postures) chanting, service to others and mudras or gestures. Not all westernized versions of Yoga facilitate all of these components, however, the ancient practices do combine many of these. The methodologies are complex and worthy of great respect, so it pays to do your research when sourcing the right school of thought for you.

The original Yoga Sutras are believed to have been handed down orally from teachers to students for generations before being written down in Sanskrit and eventually shared with the Western world. From then, there have been many branches of Yoga.

The practice of Yoga in poses and physical positions helps to align the skeletal system, the muscles, tendons and body matter, while also aligning the energy centers of the body. Yoga in its many forms also assists in warming and cooling the body, it is a calibration of sorts to the entire physical and energy body. It helps in balancing the central nervous system and calming us overall. So you can see the wonder and interest in this ancient art! It helps you to feel relaxed, rejuvenated and focused all while getting your physical body into great shape.

Many people report an increase in lung capacity, a stronger immune system and relief from aches and pains. Clarity of mind is another commonly spoken achievement of the practice. Building awareness and internally connecting all elements is a pretty nifty trick.

Yoga is a life changing practice, that when sourced and done correctly can be transformational and a gift that keeps giving.

We recently interviewed Janine Ellis from Boost Juice& Shark Tank fame who is also an avid Yoga participant and instructor. Stay tuned to our Facebook Page for videos and chats coming up. 

Uebelacker, L., Tremont, G., Gillette, L., Epstein-Lubow, G., Strong, D., Abrantes, A., . . . Miller, I. (2017). Adjunctive yoga v. health education for persistent major depression: A randomized controlled trial. Psychological Medicine, 1-13. doi:10.1017/S0033291717000575

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