Traditional hatha yoga is a holistic yogic path, including disciplines, postures (asana), purification procedures (shatkriya), gestures (mudra), breathing (pranayama), and meditation. The hatha yoga predominantly practiced in the West consists of mostly asanas understood as physical exercises. It is also recognized as a stress-reducing practice. Those who take the time to study this ancient yoga art understand that there are some specific benefits of becoming adept at practicing Hatha yoga style. One of the main ones stems from one of the pillars
The Hindu ritual of Yoga is ultimately practiced as a way of humans to realize their “true spiritual essence” (Textbook 309). Yoga often begins with several positions that enable to body to be open to meditation. These postures often elicit more flexibility and promote enhanced breath control (Textbook 310). Breathing is key to Yogic practices such that a clear mind is more attainable when this energy is heightened. The next step is to have all thought focused on a single object.
The Mind and Body Medicine of Yoga Theoretical Perspectives in Nursing Transition V. Teal, DHSc, RN 10-15-2012 Origins of Yoga Yoga originated in ancient Indian philosophy. Yoga is thought to unify and align the body, mind and spirit. Yoga is considered a science to be practiced, as opposed to an exercise by die hard followers. The original spiritual goal of yoga is based on Hinduism. To many the spiritual goal is to obtain an awareness of oneself and find spirituality from within.
An exercise Tai Chi Chuan is often compared to is yoga. Health is a primary goal of both tai chi and yoga, and many people cross-train in both exercises. The flexibility one would gain from doing yoga can better their performance in Tai Chi Chuan. These practices attempt to coordinate the muscles, bones, heart and mind with the positive energy that surrounds the body. Both emphasize stretching, breath work and chi, which is called prana in yoga.
History of Tai Chi Some trace the origins of tai chi to Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, also called Laozi or Lao Tse. Loa Tzu may or may not have been just one person, may or may not have lived in the the 6th or 4th century BC and may or may not have written the Tao Te Ching, or Daodehing. These writings are the basis of the philosophical approach and foundations of Tai Chi. Skip forward to somewhere between 1279 and1459 AD. Chang San-feng, another historically disputed figure, may have been a Shaolin monk and is credited with developing Tai Chi's movements.
Meditation: Buddhist Tradition Buddhist meditation is a form of mental concentration that can lead to enlightenment and spiritual freedom. Meditation occupies a central place in all forms of Buddhism. Meditation is the second category of the Eight-Fold Path, which is one of the principal teachings of the Buddha. The Eight-Fold Path is described as the way of leading to the cessation of suffering and the achievement of self-awakening. In general, meditation is a way to quiet the mind.
Learning Environment Investigation 1. Choose a Leaning Environment I choose yoga class as learning environment, because it is a good place that helps people to learning what the yoga is. Yoga in it's many forms can ease many of our society's ills including crime, anxiety, depression, addiction, among others. Yoga can help every human being. 2. Who are the learners?
(National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009). The medical benefits of massage therapy dates back to 2700BCE. Massage was originally developed by the combined effort and expertise of doctors of traditional medicine, practitioners of martial arts, Buddhists/Taoists and laymen who all have different options for massage. (Natural Healers 2002). Chinese massage originated from the principle that disease and illnesses arise due to imbalance energy and specific pathways or meridians that present.
Another ancient writing system, Sanskrit, was created during the same time period by the people of the Indus Valley. Nearly 500 years later in 2400 B.C. the Phoenicians developed a written code that utilized symbols that represented syllables not pictures. Finally, in approximately 1500 B.C. the Chinese fashioned their own writing system that used ideograms and symbols.