Yoga – Benefits Beyond the Mat
Published: February, 2015
Yoga, an ancient practice and meditation, has become increasingly popular in today’s busy society. For many people, yoga provides a retreat from their chaotic and busy lives. This is true whether you’re practicing downward facing dog posture on a mat in your bedroom, in an ashram in India or even in New York City’s Times Square. Yoga provides many other mental and physical benefits. Some of these extend to the kitchen table.
Yoga is a mind and body practice with origins in ancient Indian philosophy. The various styles of yoga typically combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation. There are numerous schools of yoga. Hatha yoga, the most commonly practiced in the United States and Europe, emphasizes postures (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama). Some of the major styles of hatha yoga are Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vini, Kundalini, and Bikram yoga.
The yoga in schools movement has been bubbling for quite some time. Individuals and organizations have pioneered many successful school based yoga programs yet there still remains a need to achieve greater visibility and to educate the educational community about all the great benefits K-12 yoga programs bring to the table.
The K-12yoga.org website first and foremost is intended to bring the yoga and educational communities together by providing the ability to answer some commonly asked questions: