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Lindsay Garmon Ms. Fuentes English 1101 November 8, 2013 ommunity o! "ra#ti#e$ %oga &he an#ient 'ra#ti#e o!

yoga is a (ell)*no(n (ay to have !un and have an intense but sim'le (ay to stay a#tive in today+s so#iety. &he goals o! this s'e#i!i# #ommunity o! 'ra#ti#e are to a#hieve a better ,uality o! li!e through meditation, intense 'hysi#al movement, breathing and #onsistent stret#hing o! various 'arts o! the body. %oga strives to a#hieve o'timal health 'hysi#ally and mentally. %oga, originating in -ndia thousands o! years ago, is no( a (idely 'ra#ti#ed !orm o! 'hysi#al !itness. .&he %oga tradition 'erha's #an be tra#ed to the earliest identi!iable 'hase o! religion and #ulture in -ndia, the -ndus /alley #ivili0ation 1#a. 3200 3 E4.. 1 ha''le 24. %oga is no( a huge 'art o! li!e in North 5meri#a and around the (orld. 6ue to the immense amount o! in!ormation and stress in today+s time 'eo'le turn to yoga !or a 'la#e o! sola#e. .&he 'o'ularity o! yoga arises not only be#ause o! its talent !or undoing stress but be#ause its traditions ma*e an engaging #ounter'oint to modern li!e,. 13road 14. 5long (ith many other !orms o! 'hysi#al !itness, it is *no(n to relieve stress and im'rove mental health. %oga is a 'eo'le !riendly

a#tivity, meaning that anyone #an 'arti#i'ate$ #hildren, senior #iti0ens, musi#ians, artists, and even 'regnant (omen !or 'renatal #are. 6o#tors suggest it to their 'atients (ho su!!er !rom de'ression. %oga #lasses #an be !ound in many 'la#es, high s#hools, #ollege universities, hos'itals, #ruise shi's and one #an 'ra#ti#e it in their o(n home. &he resear#h surrounding the 'ra#ti#e o! yoga is interested on the bene!its that #omes (ith it, .it #alms and rela7es, eases and rene(s, energi0es and strengthens,. 13road 84. &he bene!its o! yoga are endless. -t #an hel' ones slee', !o#us, sym'toms o! de'ression, #ontrol o! body (eight, se7 li!e and overall health. &he 9niversity o! North arolina at harlotte o!!ers a 'lethora o! 'hysi#al a#tivities that one #an get involved in. -t even has a gym o'en seven days a (ee*. &his 'a'er (ill !o#us on yoga and ho( it #an bene!it one in numerous (ays. &o su''ort the !indings in this 'a'er a 'ersonal intervie( (as #ondu#ted and in!ormation ta*en !rom t(o boo*s dedi#ated to the sub:e#t o! yoga. &he intervie( that too* 'la#e bet(een Lindsay Garmon and 3ethany Massman, the 5ssistant 6ire#tor o! !itness at the ;ames <. 3arnhardt =tudent 5#tivity enter on the #am'us o! the 9niversity o! North arolina at harlotte highlights a more 'ersonal vie( a##ording to 3ethany and being a yoga instru#tor at the 9niversity. 3ethany has been the 5ssistant 6ire#tor o! !itness at 9N sin#e ;uly o! 2012, instru#ting

yoga !or !ive years and has been involved in yoga !or about eleven years total. .%oga and the Luminous,. by hristo'her >ey ha''le highlights

the history and ma*es use o! the -ndian language to des#ribe the history o! yoga. -n .&he =#ien#e o! %oga,. by ?illiam ;. 3road, he highlights the di!!erent styles o! yoga, 'ositions, and the s'e#i!i# bene!its o! yoga. &he goals o! this #ommunity are not only to im'rove 'hysi#al health but mental health as (ell. %oga strengthens the mus#les, im'roves !le7ibility, 'rovides stress relie!, better !o#us, #ognitive !un#tioning, #lear) headedness, and overall mental #larity. -n a basi# yoga #lass, so!t musi# is 'layed in the ba#*ground (hile the instru#tor, the only authority !igure, instru#ts 'ositions and breathing. &he instru#tor has had years o! e7'erien#e and *no(s the 'ositions o! yoga thoroughly. &he instru#tor says (hen one should inhale and e7hale. 3reathing is an im'ortant #om'onent o! yoga@ !o#using on breathing allo(s one to #om'letely stay in tune (ith onesel! and ignore any outside stimulation. Fo#using on inhaling and e7haling is a rela7ing 'ra#ti#e that is the #enter o! the yoga e7'erien#e. &he instru#tor !luidly moves !rom 'osition to 'osition. "ositions in#lude, 6o(n(ard Fa#ing 6og, ?arrior, <eadstand, &riangle and more. &he instru#tor stresses that one should !o#us on staying #om!ortable and not try to be 'er!e#t, .go to 'oint o! #hallenge not 'ain,. 1Massman4. -n a yoga #lass one #an tell (ho has been involved !or a(hile. &he ones (ho move (ith ease and get into a 'osition be!ore the instru#tor even says so are the ones (ho are !amiliar (ith the 'ositions. &he instru#tor is the only

one that tal*s during a #lass (hile the 'arti#i'ants sim'ly !ollo( along (ith the instru#tors instru#tions. Methods o! #ommuni#ation among

this #ommunity o! 'ra#ti#e are minimal but e!!e#tive and #onsistent. &he 9niversity has a (hole (ebsite dedi#ated to re#reation and the !itness #enter to in!orm students o! a#tivities o!!ered and at (hat times. 5long (ith online #ommun#tion there are bro#hures and 'a#*ets that are available to students in #ase the -nternet isn+t available. -t is #lear that yoga is a #ommunity o! 'ra#ti#e and #ontinues to be#ome 'o'ular around the (orld. -t+s bene!its are #lear and 'eo'le noti#e. %oga 'rovides sim'li#ity, rela7ation and serenity in a he#ti# (orld. -ts goal to im'rove health and #reate a 'la#e o! sola#e (ith the (eb o! 'eo'le that it #onne#ts sho(s that it is a #ommunity o! 'ra#ti#e.

?or*s ited 3road, ?illiam ;. &he =#ien#e o! %oga$ &he Ais*s and the Ae(ards. Ne( %or*$ =imon

=#huster, 2012. "rint. ha''le, hristo'her >ey, and "atanB:ali. %oga and the Luminous$ "atanB:ali+s ='iritual "ath to Freedom. 5lbany$ =tate 9niversity o! Ne( %or*, 2008. "rint. Massman, 3ethany. "ersonal -ntervie(. 8 November 2013