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Transcript of Yoga
Yoga is a combination of both physical and spiritual exercises that entail mastery over the body, mind, emotional self, and transcendence of desire. In which culture is this activity prevalent? Every person who does yoga does it for themselves and for their own goals. Religiously, it emerged as a form of spiritual practices and has diverged from Hinduism for western practice. Yoga is most prevalent in India and in the US.
-in India as a cultural tradition/spiritual practice
-in US sometimes as above but it is becoming
increasingly commercialized What materials or equipment is needed? Historically, nothing is necessary except for an open mind and eager spirit, but yoga mats and other related materials have become commonplace in modern society. How? What are the procedures or rules for participating in this activity? Where is it practiced today? How did this activity diffuse? Yoga is believed to have started around 3000 BC. In these times, the sole purpose of yoga was the attainment of the highest spiritual goals: self-realization, enlightenment, and the liberation of the individual soul. Today, yoga is practiced around the world, and has become particularly popular in the during the counterculture movement of the 1960s. Yoga diffused hierarchically through the counterculture of the 1960s to suburban housewives today. Variations For what reasons do people participate in this activity? People participate in this activity for spiritual and health benefits. improves the physical fitness level of the body
makes one feel mentally fresh
helps create a positive attitude
adds to spiritual growth To participate in yoga, one needs a clear, open mind. Styles of Yoga There are over a dozen different types of yoga practiced around the world. These are some of the most common types taught in Western yoga studios. Hatha- focuses on slow and gentle poses Vinyas- also known as "flow," focuses on fluid movement between poses, very active form of yoga Bikram- also known as "hot yoga," room heated to 105 degrees with 40% humidity Evidence of early yoga practices was first seen in the Indus River Valley.