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Experience yoga
Explore - Learn - Grow
Part 1- Historical
background
Part 3- Practicing
yoga
Part 2- What are the proven
benefits of yoga?
Part 4- How and where
to start?
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* Yoga was developed and perfected over centuries
in India.
* in fact, it has been practiced for over 5000 years.
It is one of the oldest forms of healing therapy, older
than many forms of modern medicine.
* Yoga beliefs and practices “may be observed in the
ancient Regveda (or knowledge of praise), which
serves as the source of the sacred heritage of
Hinduism.
Part 1- Historical background 2
The story of yoga
* The name has varied meanings: conjunction,
constellation, team or union.
* Each meaning has a basic underlying principle: to detach one’s self from the
ego; to transcend the ego.
* The word yoga is derived from yuj, which means “yoke or union” and how the
body and mind are connected.
* It is an ancient practice dating back thousands of years. The first written
text on yoga (The Yoga Sutras) was approximately 2,000 years ago.
* In 2007, more than 13 million people practiced it in the US.
Part 1- History and background 3
Historical background and origin of yoga
Similar to meditation, there are many benefits of practicing
yoga, here are ten to name a few:
* You'll feel more relaxed and learn to stay relaxed.
* Your overall muscle tone improves as well as alignment.
* You'll add vitality to your spine, improving all systems of
the body, especially the glands and nerves.
* Digestion improves; gas and bloating lessens.
Your lungs expand, increasing oxygen intake.
Part 2- Benefits 4
What are the benefits of yoga?
* Better sleep
* Higher energy
* Stronger immune system
* Learn to set aside time for yourself
(self organization)
* Learn to trust yourself more
(self confidence)
Part 2- Benefits 5
Even more benefits...
* A study published in 2005 found that a
certain form of yoga (Viniyoga) had a
significant benefit for lower back pain.
* Yoga works For Adults With Chronic Low Back
Pain. (2006). Health Facts.
Part 2- Benefits 6
Research on the Benefits of Yoga
* One study finds cortisol levels
decreased after sessions of yoga.
* Study Suggests Yoga May be Effective
in Reducing Stress. (2003). Ascribe
Newswire: Health. 6/20/2003.
Part 2- Benefits 7
Research on the Benefits of Yoga
* Depression and Yoga: One study done at University of California
showed participants reported a decrease in their depression symptoms.
* PubMed.org (2004). A Yoga Intervention for Young Adults with Elevated
Symptoms of Depression. Retrieved October 28, 2010 from: http://www.ncbi.
nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15055096
Part 2- Benefits 8
Research on the Benefits of Yoga
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* Karma-Yoga: working for the welfare of others, meditating
and losing the desire for things, developing will and
concentration.
* Bhakti-Yoga: a devotion to God with religious ritualistic
prayers, chanting, meditating, singing or dancing.
Raja-Yoga; which has eight principles
* Kundalini Yoga: The basic principle underlying this practice
is to experience higher levels of the mind through deep
concentration on the chakra’s (or parts of the body).Ananda
Part 3- Practicing yoga 9
Multiple yoga practices
* Hatha Yoga: To cleanse and improve the
conditions of the organs by meditating,
breathing, postures. The ultimate goal is to
restore well being and to stabilize body energy.
* Mantra-Yoga: The use of sounds and
vibrations repetitively until a state of meditation
occurs, blocking out other noise.
There are more methods such as Ashthanga,
Bikram , Iyengar, Sivananda or Viniyoga.
Part 3- Practicing yoga 10
Multiple yoga practices (continued)
Part 3- Practicing yoga 11
13 common Yoga
sequence poses
Part 4- How and where? 12
Teaching yoga in the US
* In 2010, there was no licenses or certifications are required to
teach yoga in U.S. but, this may be changing.
* There are no current standards for teachers or therapists.
* The Yoga Alliance does certify teachers in different types of
yoga traditions.
Reference: University of Minnesota. (2010). Taking Charge of
Your Health: Yoga. Retrieved October 28, 2010 from: http:
//takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/yoga
Part 4- How and where?
13
#1
2
3
4
1. Find a yoga center or teacher near your place
* There are multiple web sites and franchise network
providing quality yoga courses, such as
* www.karma-yoga.net
* centerforyoga.com
* www.namaste-yoga.net
* www.houseofyoga.net
* updogyoga.com
* www.astarteyoga.com
Part 4- How and where?
14
1
#2
3
4
2. Watch online tutorial video (or books)
* Available from youtube.com or the internet
Part 4- How and where?
15
1
2
#3
4
3. Find an app and practice yoga on-the-go
Part 4- How and where?
16
1
2
3
#4
4. Find and join a Yoga Meetup group
near your place or Facebook Universal
Group
Part 4- How and where?
17
Getting started
1. Set an intention for your Daily Mindful Practice Maybe you want to feel
more peaceful or find some relief from a difficult time you're going through.
2. Try to perform your practice at same time each day or evening, schedule
your practice in your agenda.
3. Practice in a cool, quiet location with minimal distractions if possible. Dim
the lights and turn off the cell phone. If possible, use this same location
every session.
4. Keep a journal of your experiences with the practice.
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* www.wikipedia.com
*www.mindfulbody.com/
* www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15055096
* yoga-meditation.us
* sturgissoundings.files.wordpress.com
* www.summit.k12.co.us
* www.uphs.upenn.edu
* De Michelis, Elizabeth (2004). A History of Modern Yoga. London: Continuum.
ISBN 0-8264-8772-6.
Taimni, I. K. (1961). The Science of Yoga. Adyar, India: The Theosophical
Publishing House. ISBN 81-7059-212-7.
* Feuerstein, Georg (1996). The Shambhala Guide to Yoga. 1st ed. Boston &
London: Shambhala Publications.
Sources and References 18
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Participant Notes 19
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The basics of yoga

  • 1. Experience yoga Explore - Learn - Grow Part 1- Historical background Part 3- Practicing yoga Part 2- What are the proven benefits of yoga? Part 4- How and where to start? Do you know your Happiness Score? Get your Life Satisfaction Report. Free, no registration required. I Contact
  • 2. * Yoga was developed and perfected over centuries in India. * in fact, it has been practiced for over 5000 years. It is one of the oldest forms of healing therapy, older than many forms of modern medicine. * Yoga beliefs and practices “may be observed in the ancient Regveda (or knowledge of praise), which serves as the source of the sacred heritage of Hinduism. Part 1- Historical background 2 The story of yoga
  • 3. * The name has varied meanings: conjunction, constellation, team or union. * Each meaning has a basic underlying principle: to detach one’s self from the ego; to transcend the ego. * The word yoga is derived from yuj, which means “yoke or union” and how the body and mind are connected. * It is an ancient practice dating back thousands of years. The first written text on yoga (The Yoga Sutras) was approximately 2,000 years ago. * In 2007, more than 13 million people practiced it in the US. Part 1- History and background 3 Historical background and origin of yoga
  • 4. Similar to meditation, there are many benefits of practicing yoga, here are ten to name a few: * You'll feel more relaxed and learn to stay relaxed. * Your overall muscle tone improves as well as alignment. * You'll add vitality to your spine, improving all systems of the body, especially the glands and nerves. * Digestion improves; gas and bloating lessens. Your lungs expand, increasing oxygen intake. Part 2- Benefits 4 What are the benefits of yoga?
  • 5. * Better sleep * Higher energy * Stronger immune system * Learn to set aside time for yourself (self organization) * Learn to trust yourself more (self confidence) Part 2- Benefits 5 Even more benefits...
  • 6. * A study published in 2005 found that a certain form of yoga (Viniyoga) had a significant benefit for lower back pain. * Yoga works For Adults With Chronic Low Back Pain. (2006). Health Facts. Part 2- Benefits 6 Research on the Benefits of Yoga
  • 7. * One study finds cortisol levels decreased after sessions of yoga. * Study Suggests Yoga May be Effective in Reducing Stress. (2003). Ascribe Newswire: Health. 6/20/2003. Part 2- Benefits 7 Research on the Benefits of Yoga
  • 8. * Depression and Yoga: One study done at University of California showed participants reported a decrease in their depression symptoms. * PubMed.org (2004). A Yoga Intervention for Young Adults with Elevated Symptoms of Depression. Retrieved October 28, 2010 from: http://www.ncbi. nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15055096 Part 2- Benefits 8 Research on the Benefits of Yoga
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  • 10. * Karma-Yoga: working for the welfare of others, meditating and losing the desire for things, developing will and concentration. * Bhakti-Yoga: a devotion to God with religious ritualistic prayers, chanting, meditating, singing or dancing. Raja-Yoga; which has eight principles * Kundalini Yoga: The basic principle underlying this practice is to experience higher levels of the mind through deep concentration on the chakra’s (or parts of the body).Ananda Part 3- Practicing yoga 9 Multiple yoga practices
  • 11. * Hatha Yoga: To cleanse and improve the conditions of the organs by meditating, breathing, postures. The ultimate goal is to restore well being and to stabilize body energy. * Mantra-Yoga: The use of sounds and vibrations repetitively until a state of meditation occurs, blocking out other noise. There are more methods such as Ashthanga, Bikram , Iyengar, Sivananda or Viniyoga. Part 3- Practicing yoga 10 Multiple yoga practices (continued)
  • 12. Part 3- Practicing yoga 11 13 common Yoga sequence poses
  • 13. Part 4- How and where? 12 Teaching yoga in the US * In 2010, there was no licenses or certifications are required to teach yoga in U.S. but, this may be changing. * There are no current standards for teachers or therapists. * The Yoga Alliance does certify teachers in different types of yoga traditions. Reference: University of Minnesota. (2010). Taking Charge of Your Health: Yoga. Retrieved October 28, 2010 from: http: //takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/yoga
  • 14. Part 4- How and where? 13 #1 2 3 4 1. Find a yoga center or teacher near your place * There are multiple web sites and franchise network providing quality yoga courses, such as * www.karma-yoga.net * centerforyoga.com * www.namaste-yoga.net * www.houseofyoga.net * updogyoga.com * www.astarteyoga.com
  • 15. Part 4- How and where? 14 1 #2 3 4 2. Watch online tutorial video (or books) * Available from youtube.com or the internet
  • 16. Part 4- How and where? 15 1 2 #3 4 3. Find an app and practice yoga on-the-go
  • 17. Part 4- How and where? 16 1 2 3 #4 4. Find and join a Yoga Meetup group near your place or Facebook Universal Group
  • 18. Part 4- How and where? 17 Getting started 1. Set an intention for your Daily Mindful Practice Maybe you want to feel more peaceful or find some relief from a difficult time you're going through. 2. Try to perform your practice at same time each day or evening, schedule your practice in your agenda. 3. Practice in a cool, quiet location with minimal distractions if possible. Dim the lights and turn off the cell phone. If possible, use this same location every session. 4. Keep a journal of your experiences with the practice.
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  • 20. * www.wikipedia.com *www.mindfulbody.com/ * www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15055096 * yoga-meditation.us * sturgissoundings.files.wordpress.com * www.summit.k12.co.us * www.uphs.upenn.edu * De Michelis, Elizabeth (2004). A History of Modern Yoga. London: Continuum. ISBN 0-8264-8772-6. Taimni, I. K. (1961). The Science of Yoga. Adyar, India: The Theosophical Publishing House. ISBN 81-7059-212-7. * Feuerstein, Georg (1996). The Shambhala Guide to Yoga. 1st ed. Boston & London: Shambhala Publications. Sources and References 18
  • 21. In the note section of this slide Participant Notes 19 Click on "Open speaker notes" in the menu located at the bottom-left of this screen: 1 2