Yoga has been around for over 2000 years. It began with some men of the Himalayan population of the time observing the animals' breath. They found that long-breathed animals lived longer than short-breathed ones. Based on this knowledge, they began with breathing exercises (Pranayama) and found the healing effect of the breath. Later they began to imitate the postures of animals and Patanjali composed the Yoga Sutras (sacred phrases) on which to practice the 8 Stages of Yoga to become enlightened. It wasn't healthy or educational. It was all about enlightenment.
Prana, the breath is our life energy, which is strongly related to our breathing habits.
Breathing plays a crucial role in yoga classes.
So is it healthy for everyone?
No, not every breathing exercise is healthy for everyone. With high blood pressure, for example, some breathing exercises are unfavorable, while others are absolutely suitable for lowering blood pressure and preventing strokes and heart attacks.
The same applies to the exercises in yoga, the poses (asanas). The pose that is good for one student is unhealthy for another. The same is true of mental health problems. It always depends on the constitution and daily form. Unfortunately, this is often not considered in yoga classes, which means that many people sustain injuries right there. The basic idea is wrongly "Yoga is always healthy".
Yoga therapy is about finding out where and why a person is weak or injured in order to then set up an exercise plan. If you have a knee problem, the exercise plan will look completely different than if you have asthma, a psychological problem or an autoimmune disease.
Nowadays it is all about establishing a healthy lifestyle. It is important to note that every person is different. Yoga teachers should have a sound basic knowledge of anatomy and the effect of breath on our central nervous system.
Then yoga is very healthy!
Saskia Dapprich has been practicing yoga since 2002. She has taught yoga in several countries and has specialized in yoga therapy and Ayurveda for several years. She practices in a practice in Berlin-Hermsdorf.