Let's Start at the Very Beginning....

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According to The American Yoga Association, "No one knows exactly when Yoga began, but it certainly predates written history. Stone carvings depicting figures in Yoga positions have been found in archeological sites in the Indus Valley dating back 5,000 years or more."   (I tragically now have this visual of a Daryl Hannah-esque, 'Clan of the Cave Bear' character doing Downward Dog... :(  But, I digress) While the exact date isn't known (some time between the 2nd century BC and the 5th century AD) an Indian Yogic Scholar named Patanjali, was the first to compiled the prevalent theories and practices, in a text called 'Yoga Sutras'.  Patanjali's writings outline many of the techniques and principles that modern practices adhere to today, including the 8 Limbs of Yoga I mentioned yesterday.  Interesting... Yoga probably came to the states at some point in the late 19th century, but didn't gain a widespread following until the 1960's.  (Imagine that...)  Today, Yoga is mainstream, and is growing in popularity among men and women of all ages and walks of life.  Renown for it's all encompassing health benefits, Yoga is now used for everything from pain management to weight management, to increase flexibility and for reducing stress. Those are only a few examples, but the health benefits of Yoga are really too numerous to list.  If you are interested, consult your doctor, or health care practitioner to see what type of yoga might be right for you!! :)  And remember, it's NEVER too late to start your practice...  And there's no better time than today!!! So, I think I've stalled enough, back to studying I go... Here's my 'Day 2' photo...  I was a wee bit warm once we finished up, but I feel myself getting stronger and my balance is improving. :) Yeah for me!! Hope to see you back here soon! /S.


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