Where did yoga all begin? And Why should i try and practice 10mins a day?
The beginnings of Yoga were developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India over 5,000 years ago. The early writings on yoga were literally transcribed on fragile palm leaves that were easily damaged, destroyed or lost. What started as a collection of texts containing songs, mantras and rituals to be used by Brahmans, the Vedic priests was gradually reinterpreted by different groups. The Upanishads for example took the idea of ritual sacrifice from the Vedas (original texts) and internalized it, teaching the sacrifice of the ego through self-knowledge, action (karma yoga) and wisdom (jnana yoga).
Skip forward to today and yoga has become a practice the Western world are crazy for; from bikram to Kundalini Yoga, classes are offered in almost every city in the western world. The Yoga alliance estimated 37 million Americans practice yoga today – up significantly from 20 million in 2012.
Dozens of scientific trials of varying quality have been published on yoga. Almost all studies suggest yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance. As well as the physical benefits the mindfulness, a core part of the practice works wonders in improving our mental state and inner peace.
So why not give up only 10minutes of your day to practice some basic yoga moves and work on your mental and physical strength, becoming a part of the age long practice.
My 10 min Yoga Fix
Watch and follow along with me if you like:)