Ooh shiny! Yoga inspired jewelry is bringing the traditional symbols and beads out of the yoga studio and into the wider world where it’s becoming a major trend. And it’s easy to see why when you check out the fabulous jewelry designers listed below. From mala beads for meditation, to pieces engraved with your favorite symbols and mantras to serve as inspiration and a reminder of your yogic principles, there’s a piece that’s perfect for your personality and your yoga practice.
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on flexibility, strength and breathing to boost both mental and physical wellbeing for the individual. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase flexibility and strength) and breathing. Yoga originates from India, dating back to around 5,000 years ago, and has been adapted in many countries across the globe in a variety of ways. The practise is now commonplace in many leisure centres, health clubs, schools, hospitals as well as surgeries.
Most studies done on this ancient exercise method have confirmed that regular yoga practise is beneficial for those with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains (including lower back pains), depression and stress. Although most forms of yoga are not strenuous enough to count for your 150 minutes of moderate activity per day, two sessions per week can help to strengthen your muscles and perform better within moderate to high level activities. Yoga can also help older individuals improve their sense of co-ordination, balance and improve lower body strength thus combating their likelihood of falls.
Just like fashion and style, there are also fads in fitness.
For instance, Tae Bo. It used to be so popular back in the 90s that sales of Tae Bo instructional videos skyrocketed to millions in just a short period. Now, your own copies and of this once popular aerobic fitness routine are probably lying at the back of your closet never to see the light of day.
The one workout routine that has probably stood the test of time — and we’re not talking about decades here but centuries – is yoga. That’s right. You’ve probably heard this from your aunts or uncles back in when you were little. And you’re still probably hearing about yoga as the main topic of spirited discussion in the pantry during break time or over brunch with your girlfriends.