The origins of yoga
Yoga can be traced back to India over 5,000 years ago.
Long before the days of long poses and luminescent leggings, yoga originated as a form of Hindu philosophy, conceptualised for individuals to “train body and mind to self-observe and become aware of one’s own nature.” Ultimately, the goal of yoga was to stop people from identifying with the thoughts and feelings that cause emotional pain.
Fast forward to today, and it’s fair to say things have changed a little. Doctors recommend it, therapists revere it and companies pay for it. Mindfulness still lies at the very core of yoga – people want to connect with meaning and purpose – but strength and mobility also play their hand in equal parts.
After all, yoga makes us feel good. And that’s the biggest tick in our book.