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“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”–The Bhagavad Gita

A woman meditating in lotus position

Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit (one of the official languages in India) root Yug, which means ‘to join’ or ‘to unite’. The first use of the word can be traced to the Rig Veda – India’s ancient religious text. Over time, the codification of the practice of yoga into, first, Yoga Sutra and, then, Hatha facilitated a subsequent importation of yoga to the West.

It would seem, however, that with the modern period, the emphasis has been more on the positions and exercise-related aspect of it than its spiritual origins, bringing it more into the fitness sphere.

Having said that, here are some of the benefits that accrue from taking part in this form of wellness:

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  • Improved flexibility.
  • Better muscle strength
  • Perfection of posture
  • Improved circulation
  • Improved balance
  • Enhanced immunity
  • Reduced digestive difficulties
  • Lower Stress Levels
  • Optimum Blood Pressure
  • Stronger Bones

Culled from tw October 2016 Edition.

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