Kundalini Yoga was brought into the West in 1968 by
Yogi Bhajan. Up until then it was kept secret by monks
and yogamasters in the Himalayan region and only passed
on if a disciple proved worthy of it.
- in all its various styles and occurences - is an ancient
and ideal technique to reduce stress, insomnia, back
pain, nervousness and to boost the immune system, motivation,
concentration and contentedness. It is a fully integrated
exercise system, which enhances the mind and emotions
as well as the body (psyche and soma).
postures adopted in yoga aim to increase suppleness
and strength, while the philosophy and relaxation behind
it is designed to alleviate stress and counter negative
emotions - at the same time promoting a healthy lifestyle.
aims to achieve the union of the body and mind in its
practitioners and this is brought about by correct breathing,
physical exercises and meditation.
there are many different forms of yoga, which spring
from these three main types
Pranayama (breathing technique)
Asanas (the adoption of postures)
Dhyana (meditation technique)
aim of yoga therapy, or treatment, is to increase the
flow of vital energy or 'prana' (known as Qi in Traditional
Chinese Medicine or TCM), which flows along energy channels
called 'nadis' (meridians in TCM).
tradition identifies seven major points of concentrated
energy (chakras) that can be enhanced through yoga.
They are located at the crown of the head, the throat,
the solar plexus, the spine, the centre of the forehead
(third eye), the heart and the naval.
of these chakras (like Chinese acupressure points ),
has positive and negative qualities and can be deliberately
stimulated or sedated in order to alter the balance
of activity of the central nervous system.
A very brief History of Yoga
word Yoga comes from a Sanskrit word meaning 'union'.
Excavations show that the practice originated over 5,000
years ago in India, where the advanced cultures of the
Indus Valley attented to yoga as part of Ayurveda -
the holistic "science of life".
was introduced to the West in the 1800's when scholars
translated ancient Hindu texts, and it started gaining
a higher profile during the 1960's when eastern philosophies
grew in popularity. Today it is estimated that more
than 500,000 people in the UK alone, practice yoga and
a growing number of businesses offer yoga as part of
their benefits to their employees.
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