What Is Yoga?

Yoga is a science that has been practiced for more than 5,000 thousand years. It consists of ancient theories, observations and principles about the connection between the body and the mind; which are now being proven by modern medicine.

Hatha yoga is the foundational discipline on which nearly all other styles of yoga are based. In Sanskrit, ha represents the sun and tha the moon – hence the practice is designed to bring the yin and the yang, light and dark, masculine and feminine aspects and polarities into balance. Essentially, Hatha yoga brings all aspects of life together.

A Hatha class will typically include warm-up stretching, asanas (postures), simple breathing exercises and – perhaps – seated meditation. Hatha yoga classes provide a good starting point for beginners, who can learn basic poses and relaxation techniques; and can also be easily adapted to meet the needs of students with more experience.

The most common response people have to joining a yoga class is, “But, I’m not flexible”; which is precisely why it is a good idea. Yoga improves muscle flexibility and strength, joint mobility, balance and coordination; stimulates detoxification; balances the endocrine system; and increases awareness of the breath. And this is just the short list! For more information on the benefits of yoga:

http://www.crossfityoga.com/

http://www.abc-of-yoga.com/beginnersguide/yogabenefits.asp

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5727/Yoga-Crossfit-A-Perfect-Pair.html

CrossFitters can especially benefit from yoga, provinding a secondary tool with crossfit to become stronger physically and mentally, speedier recovery and safer movements. just some of the benefits of combining Yoga with CrossFit include:

  • Flexibility

  • Respiration & Breath Awareness

  • Balance

  • Body Awareness

  • Peace of Mind

  • Agility

  • Injury Prevention

  • Alignment