About the teacher
Sanjukta Ghosh was born and brought up in india. She has a Masters in Sciences and Advanced Degree in Biology and Biotechnology. She has received both formal and informal education in yoga; practicing yoga for past ten years. She has worked five years in the corporate world which was very taxing on her nerves, working under severe pressure and deadlines caused her stress and fatigue. Yoga was an excellent medium of destressing and toning up mind and body through which she survived those days. Now she is a full time mother of a 4 year old, which is very exerting, and even now yoga is helping her maintain her energy, positivity and strength. She teaches her daughter yoga and believes it will help her concentrate and focus in her life. She strongly recommends yoga to people of every age, profession and culture. It has immense healing potential for every life it touches.
What is Yoga?
Yoga refers to the physical and mental disciplines that originated in india. It has been practiced for more than 5,000 years, and currently, close to 11 million Americans are enjoying its health benefits. The sanskrit word yoga has many meanings and is derived from the Sanskrit root "yuj", meaning "to control", "to yoke" or "to unite". There are different forms of yoga in Hindu philosophy, including Rāja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Hatha Yoga. Yoga has over two dozen definitions in ancient texts of sanskrit. But in simple words it is a physical, mental and devotional practice, a workout that tones the body as it calms the mind.
How Yoga works...
Yoga classes focus on learning physical poses, which are called asanas. They also include breathing technique and meditation technique which are very simple and achievable. Some yoga classes are designed purely for relaxation.
The series of yoga poses called asanas work by safely stretching your muscles. This releases the lactic acid that builds up with muscle use and causes stiffness, tension, pain, and fatigue. In addition, yoga increases the range of motion in joints. It may also increase lubrication in the joints. The outcome is a sense of ease and fluidity throughout your body.
Yoga stretches not only your muscles but all of the soft tissues of your body. That includes ligaments, tendons, and the fascia sheath that surrounds your muscles. And no matter your level of yoga, you most likely will see benefits in a very short period of time. In one study, participants had up to 35% improvement in flexibility after only eight weeks of yoga. The greatest gains were in shoulder and trunk flexibility.
Yoga does not necessarily mean the ability to stretch like a gymnast or even do all the asanas correct immediately. But it can easily be achieved by constant regular practices. Even beginners tend to feel less stressed and more relaxed after their first class.
Physiological benefits of yoga
Health benefits of yoga can be classified in three categories: physiological, psychological and Biochemical. Some of the benefits include: