The Benefits of Personalized Private Yoga vs. Generalized Group Yoga

The practice of yoga has in recent times become a more mainstream, Western phenomenon—often used simply for exercise or general fitness or perceived as something to difficult to learn to do. However, the true benefits of yoga go far beyond the physical and it is much more achievable than one might think. Yoga is an integrative holistic wellness tool that systematically addresses the body as well as the breath, the mind, and the meaning of your​​​​ unique existence. The practice of yoga is synergistic in that it engages all four areas necessary for holistic health and is not simply about turning your body into a human pretzel.

The History and Origins of Yoga

The origins of yoga are intricate and sacred. Much like the practice of meditation, Ayurvedic medicine, crystal healing, reiki, acupressure, and other “alternative” healing modalities, you can trace the history of yoga back to the earliest times of human existence.

With that said, yoga’s history is somewhat difficult to research. There are many different stories and theories regarding where the practice came from. However, if you look into the purest of sources, you will begin to see a pattern regarding the true history of the practice. By
becoming aware of the true history, you open up a door to experiencing the full beauty of yoga and its benefits—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

When Was Yoga Created?

Although our society has been researching this subject for more than a century, we still know little about where or when exactly yoga originated. Originally, we thought that yoga was a relatively young practice in comparison to all of history, starting around 500 B.C. during the time of Gautama the Buddha, founder of Buddhism. We now know that the practice is, indeed, much older.

In actuality, yoga originated more than 5,000 years ago in ancient India. We learned this in the early 1920s upon discovery of the Indus-Sarasvati civilization, the largest ancient civilization (spanning an area of around 300,000 square miles or more). The discovery of this civilization uncovered many engravings that depicted figures in positions resembling those in yoga. Overall, the Indus-Sarasvati civilization was quite a developed one—with multi-story buildings made from baked bricks, advanced sewage systems, large public baths, and art pieces made with  superb craftsmanship.

This discovery is further cemented by the fact that the Sarasvati river—which was integral to the livelihood of the Indus-Sarasvati civilization—didn’t dry up until around 1900 B.C., and the river was a key part of the Rig-Veda—the oldest text written in an Indo-European language; this strongly implies that this sacred text must have been written before the river dried up.

But don’t let the ancient mysticism of yoga prohibit you from engaging in such an emotionally beneficial exercise. Knowing yoga’s age can inspire your practice, as you will now know that you are partaking in an ancient tradition of an intelligent and mature civilization who understood
its benefits way before mainstream “modern medicine”. Being able to join in this tradition is a great honor and only further supports the timeless physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of
yoga.

Yoga & Emotional/Mental Health

Yoga is a practice that deliberately engages the mind and impacts one’s well-being from a truly holistic standpoint. Yoga is an integrative system of practice that engages four
important elements to wellness: the body, the breath, the mind, and positive values; i.e. kindness, gratitude, connection, and compassion. And when yoga is practiced in a private, more personalized approach, rather than in a generalized, group setting the effects are exponentially positive.

Take a listen to Michael de Manincor of The Yoga
Institute as he presents his PhD research on the impact of Yoga on Mental Health and clearly outlines the benefits of a personalized yoga practice.

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Kandy Magnotti, MA, MFT, CGRS is one of a growing body of practitioners bridging science and spirituality to facilitate self-healing and empowerment. Founder of Center for Mindful Grieving (501c3) www.centerformindfulgrieving.org and star singer behind "Kandy and Iain” ~ making music with a guitar and a voice… www.kandyandiain.com

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