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Yoga May Be the Answer
Originally Posted on June 15, 2018
The earliest Yogic texts and mantras are thought to date back anywhere from 2,500-5,000 years ago. With the translation of “to yolk,” meaning “to link” or “to connect.” Yoga offers guidance for how individuals can interact with themselves, others, and their environment. It wasn’t until around the 14th century when it is believed that yoga Asanas or “postures” first appearance in texts. Asana practice first made its way into Western culture in the mid-19th century and then had a couple of big booms in the mid and late 20thcentury. Today yoga is firmly planted in mainstream culture, its current popularity in the U.S. and around the world is at an all-time high.
Speaking of the world nowadays, you may have noticed that it’s gotten pretty crazy out there. It is a world flooded with countless technological advances, many of which require us to move as little of our bodies as ever before. It is a world that can be quite stressful, from the morning commute to what is on the evening news (or Twitter feed). It is a world that often times requires our attention to be in about ten places at the same time.
The world we live in is incredibly exciting and accessible. However, for the best chance at a long, happy, and healthy life, is important to take the appropriate measures to balance out some of the ill-effects of living in such an advanced time. Yoga can be a great option for checking off several of those self-care boxes at once.
Though there are many variations and styles of practice (see below for a link to a description of the most common styles of Yoga), they all have the potential to share numerous common benefits. Here are some of the potential benefits one can take away from an earnest and consistent asana (yoga) practice:
An important point to consider about Yoga practice, which has been preached by some of the most influential teachings, is that Yoga should be both universal and personal; every person should have access to Yoga, but each practice should be specific to that person. With that thought in mind, it is important not to push yourself too far or try to do what the person next to you in a class is doing. Remember, you can’t “win” at Yoga, but you certainly can get a whole lot of health benefits!
Please call us if you would like more information and stay tuned for an in house small group classes coming to LPT in the summer!
Written by Abel Romero, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist at LPT
Arranged and Edited by
Zack Krumland, BSBA
Community Outreach Coordinator at LPT
This article is intended as general health information and is not intended to provide individual specific medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment or services to you or any other individual. Please consult your doctor or a medical professional before starting or changing a health, fitness, or nutrition program.
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