I’ve been practicing yoga for over 3 years now, and I entered yoga practice for a variety of reasons…. my husband was suffering from cancer and I wanted to find a way to deal with the mental stress of this, I can’t play tennis anymore because I’ve torn both left and right ACLs after 40+ years on the tennis court, I joined a hot yoga studio when Ontario was having one of its coldest winters in 25 years,. For all these reasons and more, I joined a yoga studio and haven’t looked back.
Yoga: A Brief History
The development of yoga can be traced back to over 5,000 years ago, but some researchers think that yoga may be up to 10,000 years old. Yoga’s long rich history can be divided into four main periods of innovation, practice and development.
The beginnings of Yoga were developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India over 5,000 years ago. Yoga was slowly refined and developed by the Brahmans and Rishis (mystic seers) who documented their practices and beliefs in the Upanishads, a huge work containing over 200 scriptures. The most renowned of the Yogic scriptures is the Bhagavad-Gîtâ, composed around 500 B.C.E.
In the pre-classical stage, yoga was a mishmash of various ideas, beliefs and techniques that often conflicted and contradicted each other. The Classical period is defined by Patanjali’s Yoga-Sûtras, the first systematic presentation of yoga. Written some time in the second century, this text describes the path of Raja Yoga, often called "classical yoga".
A few centuries after Patanjali, yoga masters created a system of practices designed to rejuvenate the body and prolong life. They rejected the teachings of the ancient Vedas and embraced the physical body as the means to achieve enlightenment. They developed Tantra Yoga, with radical techniques to cleanse the body and mind to break the knots that bind us to our physical existence which led to what many of us now know as Hatha Yoga.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, yoga masters began to travel to the West, attracting attention and followers. Hatha Yoga was strongly promoted in India with the work of T. Krishnamacharya, Swami Sivananda and other yogis practicing Hatha Yoga. Krishnamacharya opened the first Hatha Yoga school in Mysore in 1924 and in 1936 Sivananda founded the Divine Life Society on the banks of the holy Ganges River.
The benefits are many and are touted by both practising yogis and medical experts; de-stressing, counters effects of menopause, lowers blood pressure, increase mental alertness, promotes weight loss, etc. And it is something you can practise at home, in a studio, in your office, with only a mat and very little other equipment.
This holistic approach to our body and mind well being is aligned with the approach that GlomalinTM takes with our products. We want the purest most natural ingredients to make up our formulations so that we can promote and enhance the health and well being of our customers. This is why we chose to have a booth at the Toronto Yoga Conference, https://www.theyogaconference.com/toronto/, April 12-15, 2018, so that we can share our product philosophy with like minded individuals like you. We will be giving out free samples of our Moisturizing Face Cream to the first 1000 people at our booth (booth 1336B) during the conference and our first 50 online customers this month will receive a free pass to the Yoga Conference with their order.
I hope to see you there, Namaste!