Yoga-tta Try This Out

Woman practices yoga meditation

In last week’s post on the art of recovery, we promised you a post about Yoga, and we’re here to deliver.

Yoga has become an increasingly popular activity in the United States. So popular, a study in 2016 found that 1 in 3 people have at least tried yoga once. And we think the popularity is well deserved. Yoga brings a wealth of variety and benefits to anyone’s workout routine…which is why we began offering a restorative Yoga class every Sunday.

So we’d like to take a moment (or a blog) to introduce you to the newest member of our Dynamic lineup: Yoga.

 

Did you know?…

  • There are 84 basic poses of Yoga and over 100 styles.

    The most popular styles include Ashtanga, Bikram (or “hot”), Iyengar, Kundalini and Hatha. These major styles span the spectrum of fast-paced, high-intensity flows to more slow-paced, restorative-focused flows. Here at Dynamic Souls, we chose to add a Hatha style yoga class. Its slower pace combined with Yoga’s traditional focus on breathing means it will do wonders for your parasympathetic nervous system—the calming system. At the same time, Yoga’s traditional poses, or asanas, will work on increasing mobility.

 

  • Yoga is more than 10,000 years old.

    Yoga has slowly globalized over the past couple centuries and is wildly practiced today. But while it first came to the United States in the 18th century, its origin traces back farther than that. The first known mention exists in Rig Veda, an ancient Hindu text that’s dated back to the 15th century. A short while later in the Middle Ages, Hatha Yoga is believed to have developed.

 

  • Yoga is the most popular complimentary health approach in the United States.

    Complimentary health refers to the incorporation of Eastern medicine practices into Western medicine treatments. And *drumroll* Yoga is indeed the most commonly used among Eastern medicine practices. It’s easy to see why: Yoga has been linked to increased mobility, positive attitude, life longevity and lowered stress, in addition to the general benefits of exercise. Hatha Yoga in particular is great for core strength with its long pose holds, although yoga in general is an exercise that engages every muscle in your body.

 

  • Yoga has reduced violence in prison.

    A study in 2015 brought yoga into a prison in India to help cope with physical and mental health. Following the study, the prison saw a decrease in violent crime. Just another piece of evidence to why Yoga can offer so much more than just physical benefits!

 

So whether you want to reduce your work-week stress, increase your joint mobility or just work out the week-of-Jacobs Ladder-induced muscle soreness, we can’t recommend Yoga enough! And for all those not yet officially a part of the Soul Squad, don’t forget newbies get their first class free!

 

Until next Monday,

Sun-Salutations, Soul Squad!