Yoga as a Medical Alternative. A Graduation Project Presented by Kathryn Nash. Background & Essential Question. Research: History, Types, & Medical Benefits of Yoga. Research Product. My product: Teaching a Yoga Class. What I Learned.
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Yoga as a Medical Alternative
A Graduation Project Presented by Kathryn Nash
Background & Essential Question
Research: History, Types, & Medical Benefits of Yoga
My product: Teaching a Yoga Class
What I Learned
STRESS is a major contributing factor to many health problems.
Did you know?
Can yoga make us healthier?
Originated in India over 5,000 years ago
Ancient stone seals found depicting yoga poses found that date from 3000 BC
Even older: roots of yoga may be traced to Stone Age Shamanism (the earliest form of religious practice)
Evidence of yoga is found in the oldest-existing text, Rig-Veda--a composition of spiritual hymns
Originally focused on understanding the world-- later changed to the self with self-enlightenment being the ultimate goal.
Sixth century B.C.: poses and meditation were implemented by Buddhists
Five basic principles
Positive thinking and meditation
Swami Sivananda (1887)
Gymnastics and medicine
Treated and cured a sickly wandering monk, who taught him yoga
Traveled in search of a Guru and eventually became a monk
Wrote over 200 books on yoga and spirituality by hand
Teaching Yoga to Children
Before I could teach…
I shadowed my mentor who teaches children’s yoga classes at the Namaste Yoga Studio.
Upward Plank Pose:
Stretches the front side of the body and strengthens the core and arms
Strengthens the back and stomach muscles
Stimulates digestion by invigorating the internal organs
Improves balance and concentration
Stretches hips and back
Parasympathetic state: (relaxation response),
blood pressure lowers
energy is drawn toward the vital organs
“I bow to you”
Symbol of gratitude and respect toward students and teachers