Yoga is surely something that you have come across. If not you, or someone that you know, you’ve at least seen a movie where Yoga was practice. The benefits of Yoga are often times mocked by the nature of the different poses featured during a Yoga session. To be quite frank, a lot of people would rather take a condescending attitude from a high ground, pretty much like pigeons, rather than giving the pigeon yoga pose a try. You might take a kind of “it’s their loss” approach on the situation, which wouldn’t be untrue, but we’d like to believe that people can change their minds.
Yoga is considered by many more than a physical practice. It is often times associated with holistic medicine as well as the concept of meditation. These attributes often times come from cultures and social circles that strongly believe in a continuous bond between body and mind. The fact that our bodies affect our minds and vice-versa has been agreed upon ages ago from a scientific standpoint, so it’s really not that hard to believe that through Yoga, you can gain a deep, meditative perspective on life.
Once you manage to relax your body, your mind comes next. If you find yourself in a dark place mentally, there’s really nothing to lose by attempting to clear your mind with a couple of yoga sessions. If you’re the kind of person which is strongly influenced by other people’s opinions, keep in mind that a yoga session will be attended by like-minded individuals, or other people in your position which are unsure about it but are willing to try.
The positions found in yoga are inspired and named after things we often able to witness in nature, whether we’re talking about live creatures and their rituals or just acts of nature unleashing upon the world. Yoga positions may serve different purposes. You can think of yoga positions like branches of the same tree. You can decide how rich your tree is and at the same time how complex each individual branch is. In consequence, each “tree” looks completely different from another, and that’s a good thing. Despite having to bend (literally) to certain guidelines and rules in terms on how positions are achieved, you can still use yoga as a means of expressing yourself.
So that being said, don’t let yourself discouraged by the sometimes corny or over the top names yoga positions have, and try it for yourself so you might advanced with both mind and spirit. There is no denying that at the very least, yoga manages to unwind your body and mind. We don’t know about you, but we’ve surely never seen someone walk out of a yoga session angry.