Yoga is an ancient practice that has been widely practiced for health and relaxation for more than 2,000 years.
Yoga as a form of exercise was introduced to the west in the 1980s, although it is not all about getting flexible enough to put your feet behind your head (despite popular belief).
Yoga is the practice of quieting of the fluctuations of the mind – – in other words, it helps us to clear our minds so that all that’s left is a feeling of peace and oneness with everything… and who doesn’t want that, especially in this non-stop, go-gettin’ world we live in? The best way to do this is to put your feet behind your head. (Kidding!)
But seriously, one of the ways we can get closer to that headspace is to practice asanas (or body postures). Yes, even the “simplest” of postures have been known to help us maintain optimal health, reduce symptoms associated with skeletal pain, enhance emotional well-being, and much more.
Because of said benefits, many researchers have come to the conclusion that practicing yoga is worth the investment of time and effort. That feeling we get after our practice is what makes us keep coming back to our mats for more.
Why Emerald Earth?
I absolutely love being outdoors. I draw so much energy from the beauty that is all around us here on earth and I want my students to enjoy the benefits of being surrounded by nature as much as possible. That is why I have tutorial videos that are set in… yup, you guessed it… the great outdoors!
Even if we can’t entirely quantify why we feel so good outside amongst the trees, the clouds, the critters, the guy walking his ferret on a leash in the park, etc. we also can’t deny the power of spending time outside.
Just a couple of years ago, Extreme Physiology & Medicine published an article explaining the benefits of being outdoors, and especially being active outdoors (what they call “green exercise”). They concluded that the combination of exercise and exposure to nature can be a powerful tool to help promote enthusiasm for physical activity, mental well-being, and has a positive impact on various physiological markers.