Yoga is an important part of many lives today. Although it is considered a type of exercise, it has the potential to affect the emotional and psychological health of the individual, not just the physical state.
Some people resist trying yoga. This may be because they believe it's some kind of weird religious thing or that they must change their lifestyle completely.
While yoga was indeed used in years past mostly by hippies, the practice has evolved into a more mainstream system. All types of people use yoga for its ability to help the physical and mental states.
Meditation is also looked at in a similar way. There are many types of meditation. Not all meditation is about reaching "spiritual enlightenment" or using drugs and chanting.
Meditation can also be an extremely useful tool in controlling many physical and mental ailments. It can reduce stress and anxiety, help control panic attacks, ease depression, and much more. Its effects on the mental state can be remarkable, and it is recommended by many doctors as a great way to avoid taking medications.
We hope to enlighten you through this book so that you may learn how to practice yoga and meditation on your own. The physical and mental benefits you'll receive will probably be shocking to you!
One thing you should realize is that while this book will be talking about the religious practices and history of yoga and meditation, you do NOT have to change your religion or subscribe to any of the religious notions of either method!
The information contained about the spiritual side is purely for informational purposes only. Yoga isn't a religion, but it can have spiritual effects for those who practice it.
It doesn't matter if you are Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, Buddhist, Protestant, or Scientologist! No matter what type of religion you may or may not practice, yoga can benefit you without you having to change your faith in any way.
Yoga (as it is explained here) is simply a method of strengthening and toning the body while also receiving the emotional and psychological effects it can bring.
Meditation in this book is used simply as a way to boost mental clarity, reduce stress, and clear up any mental and emotional issues. It is not meant to promote any kind of spiritual agenda, although it can enhance your religious experience if you choose to use it that way.
We're going to delve a little bit into the rich history of yoga and meditation so you can learn a little about its origins. Only when you understand where it came from and why it was practiced can you truly understand why they are such remarkable tools for mental and physical health.
We'll talk about a lot of the important equipment that you may need to want for practicing yoga and meditation, from mats to bags, balls to blocks. You'll learn what each piece of equipment is used for, and also whether you really need to buy it or not.