What is Yoga?
Is it just an exercise? Is it a religion, a philosophy, an ideology? Or is it something else entirely? The word "Yoga" literally means “to unite or integrate”. It is a powerful practice to unite mind, body, and spirit.
The Black community has and continues to be exposed to layers of trauma at an unparalleled rate. A consistent yoga practice can start to alleviate some of the trauma as well as increase self love, self acceptance and self compassion. Study have also shown that yoga helps with managing high level of stress and as a complement to therapeutic work .
In this episode, Sean and Nandi did a deep dive into yoga with our two guests, Maharri Lodge and Andrea Smith. Maharri and Andrea enlightened us about the benefits and misconceptions of yoga . They also shared numerous tips on how to begin one's own personal yoga journey.
Andrea Smith moved to Sunny South Florida in 2009 from Bristol, Connecticut. After wanting something to compliment her high intensity workout routines, Andrea turned to yoga. She has always lived by the saying "Dare to be different" and to do so her yoga class incorporates strength training, Pranayama (breath control) and meditation to help her students go deep within. You will want to be present in this yoga class!
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Maharri is a yoga instructor and wellness coach who is highly invested in advocating a wellness lifestyle and the impact it has on our daily lives.
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Additional Show Notes of Interest
Egypt and India and The Origins of Hinduism, Vedanta, Yoga, Buddhism and Dharma of India https://www.amazon.com/dp/1884564577/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_86EYW0ZDWH6CHHZT6D5K
The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice https://www.amazon.com/dp/0974470643/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_STE8ZBP83JH7X5FRFJGT
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