Yoga, is as old as mankind, although it was immortalized and described in great detail by sage Patanjali around 400 CE in the form of the Yoga sutras, yoga positions or ‘asanas’ have been found carved in stone, suggesting a much older era of its existence. Yoga is a Sanskrit word, it means union, the union of the body mind and spirit.
In the West, Yoga has slowly been introduced since the 60s, gaining popularity gradually through the years as an effective physical therapy, relaying mainly on the body positions or “asanas.” However, Yoga is much more than that, Yoga is a Lifestyle.!!! Proper Yoga has to be practiced following the eight branches or Yoga limbs, these are steps that work together to finally come in union of the body, mind and spirit. Mental disciplines or standards, stretch positions, breathing exercises, and meditation are some of the tools that are combine in Yoga to bring wellness and union.
Yoga is an invaluable tool used in Ayurveda, through Meditation, equanimity can be cultured, and the mind and Spirit conquered. All different body positions work specifically in one or few sectors of the body, bringing muscular tone, elasticity, simulating or causing relaxation. There are specific yoga asanas for every health concern you might have. Yoga also have its limitations or precautions, prior joint lesions, hyper/hypotension, heart disease, or any other serious physical condition should be taken in consideration to avoid harm or worsening of the existing condition. This is why Yoga should always be recommended and the regime put together by a qualified Yoga instructor or your Ayurvedic Practitioner.
As part of the Ayurveda consultation and based on your physical condition, your Ayurvedic practitioner will include in your protocol a few Yoga positions that will aid in the path to physical and mental wellness.