What is yoga?
Yoga is a very old Relaxation methodwhich originally came from India. For many years, however, yoga has also been very popular in Western Europe and North America. Translated it means something like "integration" or "union".
Yoga is a combination of certain postures, movement and breathing techniques, which should lead the person to find his inner peace of mind and serenity. Through the holistic life philosophy Yoga leads the person to the point where body, soul and spirit are in harmony with each other.
In the meantime Yoga has become an integral part of relaxation pedagogy and teaches how to Deep relaxation achieved. Especially in our stress-dominated everyday life, Yoga is an ideal form of stress management.
The 4 Yoga paths
Through simple yoga exercises even a beginner is able to achieve maximum relaxation within a very short period of time. Yoga is therefore one of the relaxation exercises that easy to integrate into everyday life to relieve stress. The classical Yoga is divided into 4 ways. Each of these paths has its own focus.
The Raja Yoga path (meditative stages of eight-limbed yoga) is the The royal road of yoga. It includes:
- Yama, the attitude towards the environment
- Nivama, the attitude towards ourselves
- Asana, the yogic physical exercises
- Pranayama, yogic breathing exercises
- Pratyahara, the inward drawing of the senses
- Dharana, the concentration
- Dhyana, the meditation
- Smadhi, the perfect knowledge.
A little exercise on this: Find a meditation you can do every day. A few minutes are enough and you will notice how you become noticeably more relaxed.
Jnana Yoga (Yoga of knowledge)
The Jnana Yoga path is the spiritual, intellectual path of yoga. Jnana Yogi are very well-read and study the philosophical scriptures intensively. Through the practical application of what he reads, he attains an ever deeper self-knowledge and can distinguish "reality" from "unreality".
A little exercise for this: Take a week off from everything that influences you in your thinking and your decisions. Turn off the TV, put away a mobile phone and don't read the newspaper. Use this time to find your own truth by walking in nature and studying philosophical writings.
Karma Yoga (Yoga of action)
This yoga path clearly emphasizes that each of our actions has an impact on our lives. The consequence of our actions depends on the intention with which we do something.
So if we do something good for other people without thinking of ourselves, it will have a positive effect on our lives. Conversely, an egocentric way of life also has a corresponding effect on us.
A little exercise for this: Find a way to do something good for someone else. This could be a regular walk with a dog from the shelter, or doing the weekly shopping for someone in your neighbourhood, etc. The important thing is that you do what you do without looking at your own advantages.
Bhakti Yoga (Yoga of love and devotion)
In India this love is above all related to God. The Indians who practice Bhakti Yoga are especially happy to be part of this wonderful creation. They are simply happy about everything, whether it is the flower that has found a place to grow by the side of the road or the sun that warms us.
A little exercise for thisPay attention for a whole day to the beautiful things that you encounter in everyday life. For example, you can consciously think about the beautiful flowers in the garden, the sun that shines, or the bus that you just got. Try to see the positive in everything and just be happy to be part of this earth.
How does Yoga help the body to reduce stress?
Yoga helps to relax, to inner peace and is therefore ideal for stress management. The typical symptoms of too much stress, such as back pain, headaches, circulatory problems, Insomnia and nervous complaints (anxiety and depression), can be significantly reduced with the right exercises.
If your complaints do not go away with relaxation, you should definitely consult a doctor to rule out health reasons.