Yoga and Plants, Why It’s Good For You

What is yoga?

Traditionally, “yoga” attached to anything indicates that it is a complete path by itself. The word “Yoga” means “union”. Connecting your breath, body and mind.  It’s a form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. Main components are poses or “asanas” (series of movements to increase strength and flexibility). Yoga originated in Northern India about 5,000 years ago and has been adapted in other countries in a variety of ways. Modern yoga teachings became wildly popular in Western countries by the 1970s. Yoga is about finding an inner peace by focusing on your breath and blocking out the negativity. It’s about accepting things the way they are and understanding our role in being able to shape the world around us.

 

What are the benefits of yoga?

There are numerous studies about yoga and its benefits. Yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity. More studies concluded that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart diseases, aches and pains – including depression, stress and anxiety. Practicing yoga is a pursuit of inner peace, sharpening focus, and shaping our perspective to the world around us. Yoga is positive because it helps us control the negative. It helps us learn balance and posture, it makes us aware of our mind and body. At least 2 sessions a week can make a big difference in your well-being. It will improve your muscle strength, flexibility, balance, focus and coordination.

 

Who can do yoga?

It is misunderstood that you need to be flexible or need to be in shape or younger to start practicing yoga. The answer to all of these is a big NO. Yoga is for everybody – big or small, short or tall, flexible or not. There are many styles of yoga. Some styles are more vigorous than others, while some may have a different emphasis, such as breathing and posture. It is advisable to learn from a qualified yoga teacher to prevent uncommon injuries caused by overstretching and repetitive strain. Choose a class appropriate to your level.

Yoga and Plants?

Yoga and plants have an intricate connection as both are anchored in the wisdom of nature. A room full of plants offers a soothing calmness, improves the air quality, and its vibrant verdant colors appeal to the senses. As you become better in your practice to maintain tranquility and focus, you’ll start to feel interconnected with the plants in your vicinity. Plants literally give us the life-force of breath.

How can I get started with yoga?

If you’ve always been interested but unsure how to start, we’ve created a private group on Facebook, led by Tet Andu (RYT200) for beginner, intermediate and advanced yogis who want to level up their yogic lifestyle. It’s a fun community of positive people with a shared passion for plants and yoga. Come and join us! Link posted below.

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vibeandflow/

Remember to choose yourself everyday. Treat your body with exercise, breathing, relaxation, diet and meditation. Namasté.

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