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Yoga is an internationally accepted recreational activity proven to deliver multiple health benefits. Yoga gets mentioned in pre-vedic literatures and was being practiced by saints and spiritual leaders since centuries. Swami Vivekananda is credited with explaining the concept of Yoga to western world.
Asana or various poses performed under Yoga are carefully designed to benefit one or more body parts. Practicing Yoga involves performing these asanas in the right manner and sequence every day, preferably under guidance of an expert guru.
Popular Yoga Asanas
- Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation-A set of 12 steps performed in the morning facing Sun)
- Bhujangasana (cobra pose)
- Sirsasana (head pose)
- Virabhadrasana (warrior pose)
- Shavasana (corpse pose, performed in the end for relaxation of all body parts)
Major health benefits of Yoga: Yoga helps in physical fitness, stress release and relaxation.
- Improves muscle strength
- Improves blood circulation
- Helps sleep better
- Betters bone and joints health
- Optimizes heart rate
- Helps in focus and concentration.
International Yoga Day: 21st June of each year is celebrated as International Yoga day. Activities promoting Yoga are held in institutions across the country.
Where to experience Yoga:
Most resorts offer Yoga sessions as a morning activity. Resort guests can sign up to participate in next available Yoga sessions and learn the basics from a trained instructor. Short term Yoga classes are available in major cities such as Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mangaluru etc. Organizations such as Art of Living, Isha Yoga offer their own variations of Yoga under various paid programs.
Some of the major and must visit/must experience wellness retreats in Karnataka include the following: