Yoga:The Ultimate Remedy
Are your muscles stiff and sore from hours in front of your computer? Is your mind often scattered and frantic? If so, let Yoga come to the rescue. I’ve put together a quick online guide about yoga, it’s benefits, and a few online resources that are free. There’s so much that could be said about Yoga, but I’ve kept this post short intentionally. The focus is on inspiring you to use it today!
What is Yoga?
Quoting from Yoga Journal’s FAQ on Yoga:
“The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline. …The eight limbs of yoga: the yamas (restraints), niyamas (observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dharana (concentration), dhyani (meditation), and samadhi (absorption). As we explore these eight limbs, we begin by refining our behavior in the outer world, and then we focus inwardly until we reach samadhi (liberation, enlightenment).
Today most people practicing yoga are engaged in the third limb, asana, which is a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation.”
Benefits of Yoga
There are so many benefits:
- Improved: Flexibility, Strength, Balance.
- Relieves stiff muscles and joints.
- Increased breathing capability.
- Increased sense of calm and well-being. Reduction of anxiety.
- Keeps your body young.
All I know is that when I do (asana) Yoga, I feel great. I highly recommend Yoga to everyone. If you’re beginning and hesitant, just take it slow . And if you’ve been away from it, come on back to it! Take it slow.
Free Online Yoga Resources
1) From Hatha Yoga Lesson: Check out the cool mini animated meditation and yoga poses and descriptions.
- 40 Animated Yoga Postures
- 10 Animated Yoga Breathing Techniques
- 20 Animated Stress Postures
- Yoga Pose of the Day
2) Ladies Home Journal’s “Yoga at Your Desk” 11 easy poses to get out the kinks.
3) Yoga at Your Desk from MSN and WebMD different routines depending on how much privacy you have. Easy to follow. Animated demonstrations
4) Expert Village – Office Yoga – mini videos include pilates too.
5) Yoga Break at Your Desk – 7 minute video. I rate this one highly for something to do on a quick break at work!!
6) Yoga Journal’s Online Pose Finder – extensive library with pictures, and detailed drill-down descriptions. You can search by pose type, body focus, ailment focus, or contraindications.
Visit this Yoga Journal FAQ for more information on questions such as:
- How many times per week should I practice?
- How is yoga different from stretching or other kinds of fitness?
- Is yoga a religion?
- I’m not flexible–can I do yoga?
- What do I need to begin?
What do you love about Yoga? Do you know of any other free online Yoga resources? Please share!
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