🇮🇳 India – Yoga

Welcome to India where Yoga was born as a martial art practiced by the whole tribe of the earliest Indus people. The word “Yoga” literally means union. and while some mistakenly think it’s Hinduistic, it predates that religion and was originally monotheistic. The poses were designed to teach self-discipline and connect the mind to the body for purposes of mastering muscles and mental health, but “the moves” are only 1 limb of the 8 limbs of Yoga which were outlined by the sage Patanjali in 150 BC and which include:

  • Yamas –  Moral Discipline or restraint from  lying, stealing, wasting intimate energy, possessiveness, and harming self or others,.
  • Niyamas – Non-Restraints or moral duties and positive observance of purity, discipline, study, surrender, and contentment.
  • Asanas – Body Postures (the physical practice of Yoga poses)
  • Pranayama – Breath Control
  • Pratyahara – Withdrawal of the senses
  • Dharana – Concentration
  • Dhyana – Meditation
  • Samadhi – Bliss through union with the Divine.

Yoga is traditionally cued in the Sanskrit language, but many instructors – like us – use the English translations which convert easily into common things we still see in nature: A dog waking up from a nap and putting its head down and paws forward became Adho Mukha Savasana or Downward Facing Dog. A cat arching its back in alarm was marjaryasana or Cat Pose. A person curled into a fetal position is Balasana or Child’s Pose. Each pose name ends with asana, because that means “pose” in Sanskrit, while the first part of the pose’s name refers to what it’s named after, or what it’s referencing. Not all poses come from nature; some simply describe what is happening like Padangusthasana which literally means big toe stretch pose.

 🇮🇳 About India 🇮🇳

India is on the continent of Asia and has the the oldest inhabited city in the world with the most continuous civilization. It has the second largest population in the world. Sanskrit is still one of the common tongues of India, while many speak Hindi. India has never invaded another country. It has the largest postal system in the world, including a floating post office which is important because it’s the wettest place to live in the world! This may be why India also boasts the highest Cricket – its national sport – field in the world at an altitude of 2,444 meters. And did you know that Shampoo was invented in India where the Sanskrit word “champu’ refers to massaging? 

Featured Workout: Heart & Hamstrings Yoga Flow

Here on Fit2B Studio, we have a large selection of Yoga videos here if you’re interesting in more from us. Meanwhile here is one of our member favorites: Heart & Hamstrings Yoga Flow. You know all that tension in your chest and thighs? Let’s release that with a full body workout designed to gently open those tight places and leave you feeling relaxed and centered.

 

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