Decompress With These Simple Yoga Poses
Did you know that Yogi’s history is rooted in the ancient practice of Yoga? Over 30 years ago, Yogi Bhajan – the original founder of Yogi – led yoga classes during which he would share his knowledge of holistic living and herbalism while serving his family’s tea recipe brought with him from India.
This tea – affectionately called “Yogi Tea” by Yogi Bhajan’s yoga students – was made from a blend of Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger and Black Pepper; spices traditionally used in Ayurveda for their intrinsic health benefits. Since then, we’ve continued to make delicious, functional teas inspired by Yogi Bhajan’s original Ayurvedic recipe, and honor our history on every Yogi tea carton with a yoga pose intended to complement the healthful benefit of that particular Yogi tea blend.
Each Yogi tea is purposefully blended to support your body and mind – much like the ancient practice of Yoga, which typically combines physical postures (asanas) with breathing techniques (pranayama) that are believed to have both physical and mental health benefits. Some of these benefits include:
Improved quality-of-life measures including improved sense of well-being, increased energy levels and decreased fatigue
Ability to potentially minimize response to stress and inflammation, and recover from stress at a faster rate than those who do not practice yoga
Potential ability to reduce pain and increase function in those who suffer from chronic lower-back pain
Potential reduction in blood pressure related to psychological stress, especially in those with a high risk of developing hypertension
With benefits like these, it’s no wonder that yoga is one of the most popular complementary health approaches used in the U.S., with more than 13 million American adults practicing yoga for health reasons or a health benefit.
Interested in incorporating yoga into your wellness routine, but are unsure of how to start? Check out our tips for getting started, and learn a few simple poses to begin your yoga practice:
Talk to your qualified healthcare provider before starting any new exercise or wellness program such as yoga. He or she is best suited to address any specific questions you may have about your health, and make a recommendation regarding any new exercise or wellness program in light of your personal medical profile.
Choose a yoga style that suits your ability and desired benefit. There are many different styles of yoga practice, from Ashtanga – a style that involves performing a specific series of poses – to Bikram, which involves practicing a series of poses in a humid, heated room. Select a yoga style that suits your ability level,
Listen to your body and adjust your practice accordingly. Your body is unique, and your yoga practice should be modified based on your individual abilities. Once you’ve decided on a style of yoga practice, select a reputable, certified instructor who is able to suggest modifications and adjustments that prioritize your safety while also allowing you to get the most out of your yoga practice.