YogaThe first image that comes to mind when someone thinks about yoga is people getting themselves into inconceivable positions. However, that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to understanding the practice to yoga. The yoga idea began over 5,000 years ago and it is still going strong today. The basic idea of yoga is that a person needs to be integrated with both themselves and their environment in order to achieve harmony in their lives. In order to achieve this integration, a personís mind, body and spirit must also be aligned.
In order for the mind, body, and spirit to become aligned, a personís emotions, actions, and intelligence need to be aligned as well. So to achieve this complete alignment, the Yoga structures were developed. There are three main structures which are exercise, breathing, and meditation.
Exercise is Yoga is a way to take care of the body and not as a way to punish the body as what happens in a lot of modern exercises. Exercises revolve around stretching the body and getting the body moving. These exercises tend to help with the bodyís circulation. They also focus on the abdominal muscles and the glands with in the body. This is supposed to result in overall better health.
Breathing is important to living. By improving ones breathing techniques and gaining control over how one breathes leads to a better life. Learning how to breathe also helps to open the mind and thus getting the mind ready for the third structure.
Meditation is the third main structure of Yoga. Meditation however is more than sitting still and humming. It is also not about trying to get the mind to go blank. Instead it is about trying to bring into focus what is going on in oneís head. With the combination breathing and exercising along with meditation, it allows one to deal with the stress in life by being able to quiet the mind.
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