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Yoga is a spiritual and practical science of self-realization, which can be applied in many different ways. Yoga is a holistic system that unifies the entire field of our existence, from the physical, emotional and mental to the spiritual. The word “Yoga” originates from the Sanskrit word "Yuj" (literally, "to yoke") and is generally translated as "union" or "integration". Yoga is a way of life that comes from India and goes back over five thousand years. Its methods include ethical disciplines, physical postures, breath control, and meditation.

In a traditional practice of yoga according to Patanjali, there are eight stages of spiritual development:

  1. Yamas (ethical and moral disciplines)
  2. Nyamas (ethical and moral disciplines)
  3. Asanas ( postures in Sanskrit)
  4. Pranayama (breading exercise)
  5. Prathyara (control of sense)
  6. Dharana (concentration)

Yoga has become a very common term and a very popular form of exercise in the Western world. There are many forms and styles of yoga. Hatha Yoga is the most popular form of Yoga in the United States and in many parts of the world. It focuses on the physical well-being of a person and it believes that the body is the vehicle of the spirit.

There are many different Yoga Styles rooted from Hatha Yoga, and we at Nutrilligence suggest any style or form of yoga that you find comfortable:

  • Ashtanga - a physically demanding style which builds strength, flexibility and stamina.
  • Anusara – a new style heart-oriented and spiritually inspiring
  • Bikram - promotes the cleansing of the body, release of toxins, detoxification and flexibility.
  • Iyengar - a great attention to detail, posture, and alignment
  • Integral - emphasis on the Pranayama (Breathing Control), on Meditation, and on the Asanas (Physical Poses).
  • Kali Ray TriYoga - emphasis on Posture, Breath, and Focus to create dynamic and intuitive flows.
  • Kripalu - emphasis on Proper Breath, alignment, coordination of breath and movement

We at Nutrilligence believe that human mind and body are greatly affected by exercise, lifestyle and food we eat. A diet based on whole, seasonal, local and organic foods is a perfect compliment to any yoga practice. For healthy, fresh and nutrient rich food choices ideas that will lift your yoga practice and your health condition to next level go to The World Healthiest Food List.

The regular practice of yoga through asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises) has a beneficial effect on the functioning of the inner organs, glands and nerves, keeping all systems in radiant health and leading to greater energy, better concentration, and a happier, more fulfilling life. Many common physical ailments can also be improved through the regular practice of yoga. It is never too late or too early in life to start practicing yoga.

Yoga practice benefits

  • Nervous system
  • Respiratory system
  • Blood Pressure
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Gastrointestinal function
  • Endocrine function
  • Excretory functions
  • Musculo-skeletal flexibility
  • Joint range of motion
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Posture
  • Strength and resiliency
  • Endurance
  • Energy level
  • Weight normalization
  • Sleep improvements
  • Immune system
  • Pain reduction
  • Balance

So, if you want to feel fitter, more energetic, happier and peaceful start practicing Yoga NOW!


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