Yoga: A Helpful Pasttime

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Chloe Gee

Most forms of yoga can be done from the comfort of your home.

Chloe Gee, Writer

Right now, there’s a surrealistic feel in most people. What is being experienced is likely a first for the majority of youth, and a scary situation for everybody.

What if there was a practice that helps ground people in reality with a focus on sensation, built self-esteem and serves as a way to ease anxiety? This is the beauty of yoga.

Yoga dates back 5,000 years to the Indus-Sarasvati era, and has been adapted and evolved into many different forms now. Yoga can be simply defined as a discipline, both spiritual and physical. While exercises focus on a goal of building a physical skill, yoga is more grounded in mental development. Because it has been around for so long, there are over 100 forms of yoga ranging from gentle to intense. This provides a wide variety of options for people.

The overall point of yoga is to connect you with your body and allow you to have a calm, easing experience. This could mean Hatha, a series of basic movements that focuses on breathing, or Bikram (known as hot yoga), that practices challenging poses in a high temperature room.

Whatever it is that you want to do, yoga will be able to help you feel more connected to yourself and your environment. More often than not, too, yoga does not require any sort of equipment, and even can be done on simply a carpet.

Yoga classes are not even something that you need with many instructors online providing lessons that can range from an hour to ten minutes. Most instructors emphasize focus on the sensations of your body, and encourage you to think about your intentions. Unlike most exercises, yoga most definitely provides physical and mental benefits that other forms of exercise just can’t do. 

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