Remember we mentioned the downright unrelated? Well this would be one of them! #yogapants surged in popularity last year, attracting the attention of many of our male counterparts. Photos and posts of #yogapants usually refer to close-ups of women in yoga pants (usually of their behind). While it had absolutely nothing to do with the practice of yoga, many probably enjoyed the #yogapants visual.
It is well known that yoga is not only the practice of the body but also of the mind. Hence, it is no surprise that #meditate is a well-searched hashtag on the web! It is also thanks to this hashtag that meditating is no longer a practice that only a select few have access to. Now, people take to social media to share their tips, practice and experiences on how to #meditate.
Just search the Internet for meditation and you will find an abundance of information. Not only is #meditation a common practice now, it is also becoming increasingly popular! #Meditation is a big part of yoga, as practitioners learn to quiet the mind. It comes with great health benefits too by lowering blood pressure, improving blood circulation and promoting deeper relaxation.
With healthy living becoming increasingly important to society these days, it is no wonder that #fitness comes up on top in terms of trending hashtags. While yoga is not just about fitness and health, its #fitness aspect is certainly one of the many reasons why more and more people are drawn to the practice. Yoga tones the body, improves flexibility and builds core muscles. Definitely a great workout for overall #fitness!
Yoga is healthy. This is the universal truth. It promotes #health on many levels. Physically, it encourages daily practice, helping the practitioner work out their core muscles. Mentally, it helps the mind relax, thus lowering stress-related diseases. Yoga also promotes healthy and clean eating, straying away from the likes of fast food and unhealthy snacks.
Mudras are symbolic gestures related to Hinduism and Buddhism. In yoga a #mudra is used when practicing breathing exercises (Pranayama). #Mudra is meant to stimulate the different parts of the body that participates in breathing. There are various mudras in yoga, including chin #mudra, adi #mudra and prana #mudra.
What’s not to #love about #yoga? Often time social media users take to their social media platforms to express their love for the practice, through meaningful quotes or beautiful yoga poses. Practitioners also share what yoga has taught them, and a significant part of it is #love and acceptance. Yoga teaches those who practice to accept themselves for who they are in the moment. It teaches them to love themselves, and then project that love outwards into the universe.
For people who think that doing yoga is like a walk in the park, they would be pleasantly surprised that it is actually quite a #workout! Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga are for the more athletic among us as it includes a series of chaturanga dandasana (plank! Push ups!) that would tire even the fittest among us. Although Hatha and Yin yoga are significantly less athletic, they also have their points of difficulties. So never let anyone tell you that yoga is not a #workout. Its popularity as a hashtag related to yoga will tell you otherwise.
What do you call a person who practices yoga? A #yogi! Although there has been some debate on this as many are of the opinion that one is only a #yogi if one lives the yogic path, the name #yogi has become a part of popular culture. More often than not, those who practice yoga regularly are referred to as yogis. While social media has transformed #yogi into a universal term that can refer to both men and women practitioners, a yogi is actually referring to a male practitioner. Women practitioners are called yogini.
#namaste is a greeting you will often hear at the end of your yoga classes. #namaste is uttered as you place your palms together close to your chest. Nama means bow and te means you. Literally, the greeting means I bow to you. The gesture believes that there is a divine spark in each of us, and as we bow to each other, we express not only an acknowledgment of one being to another, but also a deep sense of humility.
Namaste, fellow yogis. The divine in us honors the divine in you.
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