“The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body,” explains Dr. Natalie Nevins, DO, a board-certified osteopathic family physician and certified Kundalini Yoga instructor in Hollywood, California. As more and more evidence that yoga has great impact on improving overall health benefits, the western world is seeing more and more yoga studios and more people are on the mats; myself included. I am attracted to yoga for various reasons such as, releasing stress, relaxing, alleviating muscles tension, toning the body and all other benefits that yoga has to offer.
Yoga practice history can be traced back to 5,000 years ago, but scientist claimed that it could be as fas as 10,000 years ago. It’s a mind and body practice and is considered one of many types of complementary and integrative health approaches. Yoga brings together a mental and body disciplines that helps one achieves a peaceful mind and body.
I had a chance to sit down one to one with Grace, the owner of Awakened Yoga in Sugar Land, TX in our recent interaction. I asked her, "what is her belief or thoughts that yoga is good for everyone"
"Yoga is great for mind, body and soul. Yoga is an outstanding form of exercise that increases body strength and flexibility. It also incorporates mindfulness and a sense of calmness by focusing on your breath and staying present. Combining all this nourishes your soul," is what she answered.
AY offers many different types of yoga classes from Basic Flows, Hot Power Flow to Hot Yoga (Bikram style but less heat). Recently, AY has new yoga classes for kids as well.
There are many benefits in practicing yoga. For example, it increases flexibility, builds muscles strength, improves posture, improves bone health and improves blood flow. In addition, yoga helps stress reduction by focusing on deep breathing and relaxation.
Yoga has many styles, forms and intensities. Here some examples of the most common styles. Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Bikram, Restorative, Integral and Power Yoga just to name a few.
There are so many misconceptions about who can practice yoga. People often think that "yoga is for women, yoga is only for fit people, yoga is young people and they are not flexible enough." The excuse list can go on and on. In reality, yoga is for anyone regardless of age, gender, and even physical limitations. It’s a deeply personal practice that is based on the concept of being in the present of moment. Have fun on the mats!