I hope everyone had a great weekend! It definitely flew by for me personally. I hope everyone enjoyed reading about spiritual medallions last week, but this week I would like to get back into the traditional swing of things. As on a typical Monday post, I am going to present a survey dealing with relationships and/or spirituality, and give my commentary on the results.
Yoga has been, and continues to be, a key factor in the spiritual community. There are over 20 million documented yogis in America alone, so I believe it is safe to say that it a common practice amongst both spiritual and non spiritual people alike. That being said, I began to wonder where are the top yoga studios located in the world, as it is a popular practice worldwide. Travelandleisure.com created a list of The Top 25 Yoga Studios Around the World and the list was as follow:
- Los Angeles
- New York
- San Fransisco
- Washington DC
- Buenos Aries
- Mexico City
- New Delhi
- Phnom Penh
I began to wonder why yoga is much more commonly accepted in America than other spiritual practices. It is hard to be sure, but maybe because many view it as a way of exercise and relaxation, rather than a spiritual exercise. Perhaps many do not know the origins or purpose of the practice, and choose to remain ignorant about it in order to feel at ease. Yoga is an ancient practice founded in northern India over a millennium ago. The traditional purpose of yoga has always been to bring about “a profound transformation in the person through the transcendence of the ego,” Faiths such as Hinduism and Buddhism even translate yoga to mean “spiritual discipline”. It was a practice used for healing, divine harmony, and self enlightenment. Yoga has evolved over time and expanded into many different types used by modern and western culture. However, it is important to note its initial purpose, which carries far deeper meaning than simply stretching and posing.
Whether one is spiritual or not, yoga is a great practice or hobby to delve into and can even be a bonding activity for couples or friends. There have been many documented benefits to yoga including but not limited to increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone, improved respiration, energy and vitality, balanced metabolism, weight reduction, cardio and circulatory health, improved athletic performance, and protection from injury. Yoga is not only a great workout, but it helps to bring peace and serenity into one’s typically hectic life.