YOGA: Is It A Fad Or Here To Stay?
Aug 30, 2017 02:09PM
By Carolyn Belko
Whether you are into the yoga culture or not...like many, you might predict that yoga is here to stay.
First of all, it’s a practice from India and has been around for over 5,000 years. With its gain in popularity over the years, yoga has been demystiﬁed; it’s not a religion. The numerous benefits gained from practicing yoga have been scientifically proven to contribute to one’s overall health and well-being. Yoga is so effective at improving health that more and more students are coming to yoga as a prescription from their doctor. But most of all, yoga meets the demands of everyone in our contemporary culture, most of whom follow a lifestyle dominated by speed, stress and strain.
Many think yoga is just a physical exercise but it’s much more than that. Yoga is one of the only forms of exercise that meets the requirements of both our bodies and minds by affecting the physical, physiological, emotional, mental, intellectual and spiritual layers.
Yoga provides both core strength and flexibility to the muscles and joints. It is also helpful for bone health as the muscles closest to the bone work and increase the blood ﬂow.
Yoga poses penetrate and work on toning and cleansing the organs. When practiced correctly, endurance and stability are maintained without strain on the brain or heart.
As Yoga Master B.K.S. Iyengar stated, “Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” One’s very nerves withstand the woes of life, thanks to regular practice.
Intellectual and Spiritual Layer
Screen fatigue and strain is alleviated with yoga practice, as yoga works on relaxing the brain. The eyes and other organs of perception become refreshed. A focused practice makes us aware of how to experience inwardness making us ﬁt for pranayama, concentration and meditation.
Another reason why yoga is here to stay is it is a unique practice that may be done with almost any kind of health condition. Iyengar Yoga, in particular, is a leader in yoga therapeutics due to the special focus on modifying and applying yoga to alleviate ailments. Inﬂammation is reduced and healing is enhanced.
The beneﬁcial effects of yoga seem endless. Wherever we find yourself on the mat, and no matter what style of yoga we choose, what’s most important is that overall we feel a sense of inner calm, uplifted spirits and a sense of well-being after the experience.
Carolyn Belko has been certiﬁed at Senior Level by B.K.S. Iyengar himself. She opened Iyengar Yoga Center Encinitas in 2003 and has trained numerous teachers in the method. For those who are searching the how-to method which offers precision in the actions of asana, leading toward the core of the Self, Iyengar Yoga offers just that. For more information and free yoga sequence downloads, visit IyengarYogaEncinitas.com/practice-sequences.
Iyengar Yoga Encinitas, located at 2210 Encinitas Blvd. Ste. U in Encinitas, will host a free intro Saturday at 1 p.m. on September 9. For more details call 760-632-0040. IyengarYogaEncinitas.com.