Why Yoga?

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Sara Cawood, Reporter

The practice of yoga is a sacred and powerful art that has been used in healing, medicine and exercise for thousands of years. Often regarded as a religious practice, yoga is universally recognized by people of all sizes, ages, and backgrounds. With its roots in Eastern religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism, there is much more to yoga than the sheer physicality of it, such as deep meditation and spiritual connection and growth to the world within and around one.

Originating in ancient India, yoga surrounds spiritual, mental, and physical strength through concentration of the breath while moving the body through a series of poses and stances. Yoga is often accompanied by guided or personal meditation taught by a certified yogi, a title that requires specific skills and training.

Yoga can be practiced in many different ways – perhaps one may prefer to practice alone in their home, at their own pace and leisure. Some prefer to go outside if the weather allows, in a public park or secluded area. Whether it’s in the studio with a certified teacher or completely self-guided, there is absolutely no right or wrong way to practice.

Doing yoga is a personal journey of connecting the mind, spirit, and body. A common misconception is that the end goal of yoga is to achieve a certain physical position or hold a difficult stance – as the saying goes, “Yoga is a journey, not a destination.”

To get started with the journey of self discovery through yoga, several studios are located throughout the Latrobe- Greensburg area. Two reputable studios include Red Brick Yoga and Moonglow Yoga, both located in Greensburg. All our welcome to join class, regardless of skill level or experience. The benefits of engaging the mind, body and spirit are boundless and magnificent.

 

Namaste (nah-mah-stay): my soul honors your soul; I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides.