The physical benefits of yoga are immense. The strength, flexibility, detoxing, conditioning and toning that the body experiences can result in lower blood pressure, better balance and faster healing. Learning to breathe through the sometimes unusual, sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes easy poses may find you better prepared for the sometimes unusual, sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes easy situations life throws at you every day. Join us for a class at our convenient location in Strongsville, OH.
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Modern yoga consists of a range of techniques including asanas postures and meditation derived from some of the philosophies, teachings and practices of the Yoga school , which is one of the six schools of traditional Hindu philosophies , and organised into a wide variety of schools and denominations. The yoga scholar Mark Singleton however does not subscribe to De Michelis's framework, considering the categories to "subsume detail, variation, and exception". It has adopted innovations from Western gymnastics and other practices. Some versions of modern yoga contain reworkings of the ancient spiritual tradition, and practices vary from wholly secular, for exercise and relaxation, through to undoubtedly spiritual, whether in traditions like Sivananda Yoga or in personal rituals. Modern yoga's relationship to Hinduism is complex and contested; some Christians have challenged its inclusion in school curricula on the grounds that it is covertly Hindu, while the "Take Back Yoga" campaign of Hindu American Foundation has challenged attempts to "airbrush the Hindu roots of yoga" from modern manifestations. Elizabeth de Michelis — a scholar credited by Andrea Jain to have started the "modern yoga" typology and studies,  defines modern yoga as, "signifying those disciplines and schools which are, to a greater or lesser extent, rooted in South Asian cultural contexts, and which more specifically draw inspiration from certain philosophies, teachings and practices of Hinduism. According to the religious studies scholar Andrea Jain, "Modern yoga refers to a variety of systems that developed as early as the 19th century as a [response to] capitalist production, colonial and industrial endeavors, global developments in areas ranging from metaphysics to fitness, and modern ideas and values.
More and more studios, gyms, holistic centres, spas, recreational clubs offering yoga classes. You can see all sort of things: hot yoga, beer yoga, naked yoga, dog yoga, boxing yoga and so on and so forth. There are many who practice it following this or that trend. But do they really know what it is?