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Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline, originating in ancient India, whose goal is the attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility.
The word is associated with meditative practices in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. The Sanskrit word yoga has the literal meaning of “yoke”, from a root yuj.
As a term for a system of abstract meditation or mental abstraction, it was introduced by Patanjali in the 2nd century BC. Someone who practices yoga or follows the yoga philosophy with a high level of commitment is called a yogi or yogini.
Yoga enables the development of awareness, strength and harmony between mind and body and there are a variety of benefits which can come from practicing Yoga exercises.
The relaxation exercises in Yoga can help reduce pain and aches whilst improving strength, flexibility and balance.
Other physical benefits may include better cardiovascular health, weight loss and toning of muscles. Mental health can also be improved with Yoga exercises as it can help you manage stress, create mental clarity and improve self-awareness.
If you’re looking for yoga classes or yoga therapy in New York, please contact us on 212-529-5700 or you can fill in your details in the contact form below and we will get back to you.