The Perks of Posing: How Different Yoga Poses Benefit Your Body
What do the different yoga postures do for your body, exactly? We reached out to the teachers at Samsara Mind and Body in London to find out!
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Through various yoga modalities ranging from bikram yoga (also known as hot yoga), to power yoga, ashtanga yoga, and prenatal yoga, yoga has many healthy benefits for the mind, body, and spirit. Originating in ancient India, the word yoga means to unite or to join, and in yoga, we unite our minds and our bodies through breath. Most Western yoga derives from hatha, one of the six major branches of yoga. Traditional hatha yoga consists of asanas (physical yoga postures) and pranayamas (breathing exercises). With over 100 yoga poses, it’s no wonder yogis never get bored. Like many calming spa treatments, yoga is a discipline that utilizes the mind-body connection to reduce stress, increase flexibility, and enhance wellbeing.